Gila National Forest – Update on Hilltop Fire – July 20, 2020 – Black Range RD

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

Start Date: July 18, 2020       Cause:  Lightning                   Size: ~72 acres

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

Resources:  Four wildland firefighters from Black Range District crew.


Summary:  This fire is burning in the area known as Hermosa Prescribed Fire Phase 2, circa 1997, and the strategy is 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  Fire information can be found at NM Fire Info.


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