Water Fire Update, Gila NF, April 29th, 8 PM

Water Fire Update, April 29, 2022 – 8 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 and 6 miles north of Mimbres, NM

Cause:  Under investigation

Current size:  760 acres

Containment:  0%

Fuels:  Piñon juniper and grass

Fire Behavior:  Creeping

Highlights:  There is minimal road access to the fire and ground forces continue to be 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. Today’s reconnaissance flight confirmed the success of yesterday’s retardant drops coupled with the fireline that the ground crews constructed along an existing dirt road near the west flank of the fire. These efforts minimized the fire’s spread. Firefighters are working to build and reinforce firelines where possible. Additional firefighting resources are enroute to the incident.

Updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.

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

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