NEW: Water Fire Update, Gila NF, April 29, 2022, 4 PM

Water Fire Update, April 29, 2022 – 4 PM

Jurisdiction:  USFS, Gila National Forest

Date/Time detected:  April 28, 2022 at 2:30 PM

Point of Origin Location:  T16S, R11W, NENE Section 10

General location:  3 miles east of the Mimbres Ranger Station

Cause:  Under investigation

Current size:  700 acres

Containment:  0%

Fuels:  Piñon juniper and grass

Fire Behavior:  Creeping

Highlights:  There is minimal road access to the fire and ground forces are being staged at strategic locations as the fire slowly progresses up East Canyon. Winds out of the southwest, accompanied by hot, dry weather, and drought-stressed vegetation (heavy to moderate loads of dead, dry grass with Piñon Juniper trees scattered throughout the area).

Water Fire working its way up East Canyon drainage

On April 28th, when the fire was detected, aerial resources were immediately assigned to the incident and have been the primary resource for reconnaissance and suppression tactics. Air tankers are being utilized to help slow the fire’s growth by strategically dropping fire retardant, where it can help slow the fire’s spread. Additional ground and aerial firefighting resources are mobilizing to the incident.

Updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.

Loretta Benavidez, Water Fire PIO, 575-323-1533

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