Gila NF: Drummond and Trujillo Fire Update-May 29, 2021

Date: May 29, 2021

Announcement:  NM State Highway 152 is open for through traffic for the weekend, but may be closed in the future as needed for safety.

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:  Approximately 239 acres                          Cause:  Lightning

Summary:  Fire behavior yesterday was low to moderate with smoldering and creeping observed, despite the warmer and dryer weather conditions present.

Yesterday crews completed clearing dead standing trees (snags) and brush along Highway 152 near Emory Pass. The temporary road closure of State Highway 152 has been lifted, but please use caution travelling along the route as firefighters will be in the area monitoring the Drummond Fire.

An Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) was deployed at Emory Pass to map the Drummond Fire perimeter safely and successfully.  Please do not drive into Emory Pass Vista when crews are working in it.

Today weather conditions are expected to be hot and dry with high temperatures and low relative humidity.   Fire activity will increase throughout the day and likely will continue to be active through the night with minimal humidity recovery. 

The Trujillo Fire still has not produced smoke, but we remain observant for any activity.  

Objectives:  Currently fire managers primary objectives include minimizing the impact of fire and falling snags, firefighter safety, public safety for area residents, 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 could settle into the canyons around Kingston, Hillsboro, and Lake Valley. It will also be visible on NM Hwy 152 and Interstate 25.  A smoke monitor will be installed Near Kingston and should be operational this afternoon.

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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