Gila National Forest – Hilltop Fire, July 19, 2020 – Black Range Ranger District

Location:  Brushy Mountain, burning on the Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest

Start Date: July 18, 2020       Cause:  Lightning                   Size: ~15-25 acres

Vegetation:  pinyon, juniper                                     IC: D. Roper, ICT4

Resources:  Seven wildland firefighters, Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT), Air Attack and a Type 3 helicopter. A Type 1 Initial Attack Crew is ordered and will be prepositioned at Sierra County Airport. 

Summary:  Initial attack began last evening, but crews were unable to reach the fire in the overnight hours. This fire is burning in the area known as Hermosa Prescribed Fire Phase 2, circa 1997, and the strategy includes full suppression. 

This fire may be visible to the community of Winston, Hermosa, and Truth or Consequences. In the evening hours the fire will appear both larger and closer than it is due to the inability to reference its size to any physical landmarks.

Smoke from fire rises during the daytime, but in the evening can pool down in canyons, drainages, and basins, and we expect there may be smoke visible in Kingston, Hillsboro, and Truth or Consequences. For information on air quality and protecting your health, and to find guidance on distances and visibility, please visit https://nmtracking.org/fire.  Fire information can be found at NM Fire Info.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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