Gila National Forest: Bog Fire, Quemado Ranger District

Location: east side of Gallo Mountain, Quemado Ranger District, Catron County, NM

Start Date:  September 15, 2021                  Size:  ~380 acres                  Cause:  Lightning

Vegetation:  Ponderosa pine, piñon juniper

Resources:  one Interagency Hotshot Crew, one twenty-person Initial Attack crew, one dozer, four engines

Summary:   The Bog Fire is burning on National Forest System lands on the Quemado Ranger District, Gila National Forest. The strategy for this fire is to confine and contain, with full suppression.

Objectives: Include minimizing the impact of fire on wildland firefighters, public safety and protecting the natural resources. 

The crews have done some burn-out operations which puts a large amount on black smoke in the air, as well as constructing handline along Forest Roads (FR) 4010R, 4010S and 4010Q. All blacklining has been completed. Some firing within the interior of the lines will be completed today; with plan for holding, mop-up, and patrolling over the weekend.

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 could be visible from NM Highway 32 corridor and the communities of Aragon, Apache Creek, and Quemado, NM.  

Fire information can be found on or on Inciweb –

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