Gila NF: Drummond & Trujillo Fire Update-May 24, 2021

Date: May 24, 2021

Announcement: A public meeting will be held at the Black Range Lodge Amphitheater Wednesday evening May 26th at 6:00 p.m.

Location:  The Drummond Fire is one mile south of Emory Pass and the Trujillo Fire is one mile south of the Drummond Fire on the Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District, Sierra County, NM

Start Date:  May 19, 2021                Size: 8 acres                          Cause:  Lightning

Summary:  The Drummond and the Trujillo Fires were ignited by lightning on National Forest System lands on the Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest May 19th. Both ignited within the 2013 Silver Fire scar. Late in the afternoon today the Drummond fire began putting up smoke and some active movement occurred outside yesterday’s footprint. The Trujillo fire has produced no smoke during the same period.

Current fire activity on the Drummond fire involves smoldering in dead fuels remaining within the Silver Fire scar. Unnegotiable downed timber and extremely steep terrain constitute dangerous conditions for firefighters to work directly at the fire’s perimeter.  Due to those conditions, firefighters and equipment remain poised at Emory Pass monitoring the fire and will respond as necessary should the fire begin to move. They will keep the fire south of Highway 152 and east of Black Range Crest Trail 79.

Objectives:  Currently the primary objectives include minimizing the impact of fire on wildland firefighters, public safety and protecting natural resources. 

Closures:  Black Range Crest Trail 79 – Closed from NM Highway 152 south to National Forest Road (NFRS) 886. Royal John Rd., Grandview Trail 146 – Closed from NFSR 523 Silver Creek Rd. to Black Range Crest Trail 79. Trujillo Trail 134 – Closed from Black Range Crest Trail 79 to Private Seven Brothers – Closed from NFSR 886 Royal John Rd to Black Range Crest Trail 79.

Smoke/Air Quality:  The New Mexico Department of Health site also known as 5-3-1,  has good information and guidance on mitigating your smoke exposure.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures by staying inside during heavy smoke periods and avoiding outdoor activities.  Smoke will be visible and settle into the area of Kingston, Hillsboro, Lake Valley, and will also be visible on NM Hwy 152 and Interstate 25. Fire information can be found on or on Inciweb at . For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website.

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