Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 Assumes Command of Black Fire

June 14, 2022 Daily Update




Acres: 312,519 acresStart Date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation
Containment: 47%
Total personnel: 1,019
Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences
Fuels: Timber and tall grass

Highlights: The Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4, led by Incident Commander Aaron Hulburd, assumed command of the Black Fire at 6:00 AM this morning, Tuesday, May 14, 2022. Southwest Team 4 will continue the full suppression strategy implemented by Southwest Team 3 over the previous weeks.

To learn about the current evacuation status for the Black Fire, please access the real-time, interactive evacuation map or contact your local emergency management office for Sierra County, Catron County, and Grant County.

Operations: As Team 4 assumes command, firefighters will develop additional strategies to fully contain the fire while protecting valuable resources in the area. Crews are working along the fire’s edge near Seco Creek, Round Mountain, and Animas Creek to directly suppress the fire. Based on observed fire behavior, firefighters may strategically ignite interior vegetation to produce a low intensity fire that moves more slowly toward control lines. This strategy helps to rob the main fire of fuel, so it is less likely to gain intensity and spread beyond the established control lines. Firefighters continue to observe hot spots in Animas Creek due to heavy fuels in this area. Crews have completed preparation activities to remove vegetation along the North Percha Road along with structure protection efforts in Kingston. Fire crews continue chipping operations along Highway 152 in the event the fire advances towards this road. Firefighters are working in the areas of Rocky Canyon, Bloodgood Place, and Forest Service Roads 151 and 152 to locate and extinguish any heat near the edge of the fire. No new fire starts have been detected within the Temporary Flight Restriction over the Black Fire area.

Weather: Dry and breezy afternoon conditions are expected through Wednesday, especially today. Hot temperatures and low humidity will also occur through Wednesday. Moisture moves back into the area Thursday into the upcoming weekend as chances for thunderstorms increase. Thunderstorms will initially start off dry but should become more wet as we work into the weekend.

Closures: Highway 152 is currently closed from milepost 40 (Kingston) to milepost 15 (San Lorenzo). No public entry is allowed. A portion of the Gila National Forest affected by the fire has been closed.

Restrictions: Know Before You Go! The public can obtain current state and federal fire restriction information across New Mexico at NM Fire Info | Fire Restrictions or NM Forestry Division state-wide fire restrictions.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public is always the top priority. Members of the public should stay away from Black Fire operations. A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the Black Fire area, which includes unmanned aircraft, or drones. More information on the dangers drones pose to wildland firefighting aircraft and personnel on the ground can be found at:

Smoke: Smoke from the Black Fire may be visible in the surrounding areas of Mimbres, Kingston, Hillsboro, and San Lorenzo, NM. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found at the New Mexico Department of Health Environmental Public Health Tracking website: An interactive smoke map at allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions. For additional information, please view the Black Fire Smoke Report.

Fire updates are posted on InciWeb, the Gila National Forest Facebook and Twitter pages, and NM Fire Information.

Email:  Phone: (575)-249-1264 Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Black Fire Daily Map, Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Black Fire Evacuation Map, Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Smoke Outlook, Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Black Fire Daily Update, Tuesday, June 14

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