Gila NF: Drummond & Trujillo Fires-Update for June 1, 2021

Date: June 1, 2021

Announcement:  NM State Highway 152 is open for through traffic, but will be closed on June 2, 2021, and June 3, 2021, while crews finish removing snags and brush; it will reopen at 7 pm on June 3rd.

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 was moderated yesterday as clouds moved over the fire area increasing humidity.  Minimal smoke was emitted from the Drummond Fire. Fire behavior is anticipated to pick up as humidity drops and temperatures rise.

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 and adjacent values safely and successfully. Please do not drive into Emory Pass Vista when the UAS crew is working in it.

Today weather conditions are expected to become cooler as storms move into the area. Temperatures will decrease along with increased relative humidity. Fire activity will moderate as storms persist. Expect little to no fire growth with cooler weather present.    

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 has been installed Near Kingston.

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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