Gila National Forest: Elk Fire Update, April 4, 2021

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

Start Date: March 31, 2021              Size: ~200 acres       Cause:  Under investigation

Vegetation: Piñon/juniper and grass

Resources: One (1)  Type 1 Initial Attack (IA) crew, two (2) Type 1 IA Crews, one (1) handcrew, one (1) Type 6 engines, one (1) Type 3 helicopter, two (2) Type 2 dozers and one (1) road grader.

Summary: The Elk Fire continues to remain at 200 acres. Resources worked on hot spotting and checking the fire edge on Friday.  Heavy equipment which includes two dozers and a grader, have been improving access with one dozer on the Horse Camp Canyon road (FR533) from the junction of FR 30 to the south towards Forest Road 141 with a Type 6 engine, the second dozer is improving access on FR 141 from the junction of County Road CO21/State Route 59  west up FR 141 (Houghton Canyon) towards the Horse Camp Canyon Road.  The road grader is improving FR 30 from Drop Point 30 east to Turkey Track.  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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