Gila NF: Drummond & Trujillo Fire Update-May 31, 2021

Date: May 31, 2021

Announcement:  NM State Highway 152 is open for through traffic, but will be closed on June 2, 2021, and June 3, 2021; it will reopen at 7:00 pm on June 3, 2021.

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 500 acres                          Cause:  Lightning

Summary:  Fire behavior increased yesterday as stronger afternoon winds developed. Fuel conditions are prime with higher temperatures and lower relative humidity causing the fire perimeter to grow, which will also increase the volume of smoke produced. This smoke is mostly white in color, which indicates dead and down dry fuels are burning. Darker smoke will indicate green or pitchy fuels are burning.  

 Yesterday crews scouted and improved the fuel break around the town of Kingston, NM.  Please continue to 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, and Kingston to map the Drummond Fire perimeter safely and successfully, and adjacent values at risk. IR(Infrared) mapping of the Trujillo Fire Area on May 30, 2021 showed no heat present on the Trujillo Fire. 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.    

Objectives:  Currently fire managers primary objectives include minimizing the impact of fire and falling snags to firefighters, 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 operation 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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