Gila National Forest: Elk Fire, Reserve Ranger District

Elk Fire

Reserve Ranger District

Location:  East Elk Mountain, 30 miles east of Reserve, Catron County, NM on the Gila National Forest.

Start Date: March 31, 2021                      Size: ~151 acres       Cause:  Lightning

Vegetation: Piñon/juniper and grass

Resources: FS crew, on order two (2) Type 1 Initial Attack Crews, two (2) Type 6 engines, a Type 3 helicopter.

Summary: The Elk Fire is primarily active on the southern perimeter of the fire. There has minimal fire activity in the piñon/juniper, and the northern perimeter is currently checked up due to patchy snow. Aerial reconnaissance of the fire shows it to be approximately 151 acres. The strategy of the fire is full suppression, with confine and containment using natural geographic features and forest roads.

Smoke from fire rises up and away during the daytime, but in the evenings, smoke can pool back down in canyons, drainages, and basins. 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

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