New Fire reported on Gila National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service is responding to a new fire in the Gila National Forest.
The Black Fire was discovered Friday evening, May 13, at 9:30 p.m. and is located off the NorthStar, FSR 150, road, west of Meown workstation and north of Black Canyon. It is estimated at about 1,041 acres and is burning in grass, juniper mesas, and occasional pine stringers in the Gila wilderness area.
Today, firefighters are expecting to see high temperatures of 88 degrees, low humidity, and light variable wind.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Stage 1 Fire restrictions remain in effect on the Gila National Forest to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires.

Under Stage 1 fire restrictions, igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes is allowed only inside a fire structure provided by the Forest Service within designated areas. Smoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable material.

For further information regarding the Black Fire, please call our fire information line at 662-318-3431.

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