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Gila National Forest – Update on Cub Fire for July 15, 2020

Location:  Approximately one-mile northeast of Cub Mountain, near the West Fork of the Gila River, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest. Start Date:  June 28, 2020                 Cause:  Lightning Size:  ~23,216 acres                          Vegetation:  grass, brush, and multiple snags Resources:    34                                IC: Pedro Valenzuela, ICT3  Summary: The Cub Fire is burning on National Forest […]

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Ojo de los Casos Downsized to Type 4 Incident

 July 15, 2020 Update    Location: Manzano Mountains Cause: Human Percent Contained: 59% Date Reported: 7/8/2020 Size: 180 acres Fuel: Ponderosa pine, Slash Resources assigned: 3 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 6 Engines, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 1 Medical Screening Team, 1 Medical Decontamination Team, 1 Wildland Fire Module, and 2 Rapid Extraction Module, miscellaneous overhead. Mountainair, NM […]

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Ojo de los Casos Fire will Transition to Type 4 Incident Tomorrow

Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – Moderate winds tested the fire once again yesterday. It remains at 180 acres, and containment has increased to 59%. Today, the Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will prepare to transition command of the Ojo de los Casos Fire back to the jurisdictional agencies, which include the […]

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Gila National Forest – Update for Cub Fire – July 13, 2020

Location:  Approximately one-mile northeast of Cub Mountain, near the West Fork of the Gila River, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest. Start Date:  June 28, 2020                 Cause:  Lightning                    Size:  ~22,862 acres Vegetation:  grass, brush, and multiple snags          IC: Ty Oliver, ICT4 Strategy/Summary: The Cub Fire is burning on National Forest System lands on […]

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Winds test Ojo de los Casos Fire lines

Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – Strong wind gusts yesterday tested fire lines constructed by fire crews over the past five days. Fire lines withstood the test, and the Ojo de los Casos fire is still at 180 acres and is now 50% contained. There is a 30% chance of rain expected today along […]

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Ojo de los Casos Crews Assist in Mutual Aid Fire

Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – Great progress is still being made in containing the Ojo de los Casos Fire.  The fire, burning on the Mountainair Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest and private lands protected by New Mexico State Forestry, remains at 180 acres and is 38% contained. Yesterday firefighters continued fireline […]

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Gila National Forest – Update for Cub Fire – July 11, 2020 – Wilderness Ranger District

Map_Cub PIO July 11 Location:  Approximately one-mile northeast of Cub Mountain, near the West Fork of the Gila River, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest. Start Date:  June 28, 2020                 Cause:  Lightning                    Size:  ~20,630 acres Vegetation:  grass, brush, and multiple snags          IC: Ty Oliver, ICT4 Strategy/Summary: The Cub Fire is burning on National […]

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How a “dirty burn” affects wildfire containment percentage

Wildfire perimeters aren’t always easy to define. When drawn on a public map, they are often depicted as one simple line to describe the outermost bounds of the area that is burning. However, fire may not burn evenly throughout the interior of that fire, so things might look quite different on the ground. The reasons […]

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Ojo de los Casos Fire 10% Contained

Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – Firefighters continue to make progress in their work to contain the Ojo de los Casos Fire that has been active over the past couple of days. The fire, burning on the Mountainair Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest has reached 180 acres and is 10% contained. Containment […]

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Ojo de Los Casos Fire Burning Near Dog Head Fire Scar

Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release – The Ojo de los Casos Fire started on the Mountainair Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest on Wednesday July 8, 2020 around 6:00 pm. It is located in Torrance County, roughly 7 miles southwest of the village of Chilili. Firefighters quickly responded with air support (water, fire […]

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Gila National Forest – Update on Cub Fire for July 9, 2020

Location:  Approximately one-mile northeast of Cub Mountain, near the West Fork of the Gila River, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest. Start Date:  June 28, 2020                 Cause:  Lightning                    Size:  ~15,285 acres Vegetation:  grass, brush, and multiple snags          IC: Ty Oliver, ICT4 Strategy/Summary: The Cub Fire is burning on National Forest System lands on […]

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Final Update – Tadpole Fire – July 8, 2020

Location:  5 miles north of Pinos Altos, NM                                           Size:  ~ 11,159 acres Start Date:  June 6, 2020                                                                               Cause:  Lightning Vegetation:  Trees and Brush                                                                      Containment: 75% Incident Commander: E. Huerta, ICT4 Strategy/Summary:   The Tadpole Fire has not advanced in the last few days. Interior smokes are being monitored by fire crews. Crews continue […]

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Gila National Forest – Update on Cub Fire for July 8, 2020

Map_Cub PIO July 8 Location:  Approximately one-mile northeast of Cub Mountain, near the West Fork of the Gila River, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest. Start Date:  June 28, 2020                 Cause:  Lightning                    Size:  ~11,565 acres Vegetation:  grass, brush, and multiple snags          IC: Ty Oliver, ICT4 Strategy/Summary: The Cub Fire is burning on National […]

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Gila National Forest – Update on Cub Fire – July 7, 2020

Map_Cub PIO July 7 pm Location:  Approximately one-mile northeast of Cub Mountain, near the West Fork of the Gila River, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest. Start Date:  June 28, 2020                  Cause:  Lightning                    Size:  ~10,250 acres Vegetation:  grass, brush, and multiple snags Strategy/Summary: The Cub Fire is burning on National Forest System lands on […]

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Gila National Forest – Middle Fire – Wilderness Ranger District

Location: 2 miles from the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, near the Middle Fork of the Gila River, Wilderness Ranger District Vegetation grass; small stand of ponderosa pine and some oak            Cause:  Unknown Size: Approximately 1.8 acres Resources: Spotted Bear Wildland Fire Module IC: J. Hilyers, ICT4; B. Young, ICT4t […]

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Gila National Forest – Update on Cub Fire for July 6, 2020

Location:  Approximately 1-mile northeast of Cub Mountain, near the West Fork of the Gila River, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest. Start Date:  June 28, 2020                  Cause:  Lightning                    Size:  ~4,365 acres Vegetation:  grass, brush, and multiple snags Strategy/Summary: The Cub Fire is burning on National Forest System lands on the Wilderness Ranger District, Gila […]

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Gila National Forest – Final Update on Good Fire – July 6, 2020

Location: 1-1/2 miles southwest of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Start Date:  June 28, 2020                             Cause:  Lightning              Size:  ~17,915 acres Vegetation:   Timber, Tall Grass, Brush                                                    Containment: 60% Strategy/Summary: This lightning-caused fire is burning on National Forest System lands in the Gila Wilderness. There has been little progression on this fire. This is the final update […]

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Fire Update – Gila National Forest – Good Fire – July 4, 2020

Location: 1 1/2 miles Southwest of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument                   Start Date:  June 28, 2020                  Cause:  Lightning     Size:  ~17,58862 acres Vegetation:   Timber, Tall Grass, Brush                                  Containment: 60% Strategy/Summary: This lightning-caused fire is burning on National Forest System lands in the Gila Wilderness. Fire crews have successful stopped the forward spread of the northeast section of […]

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Gila National Forest – Fire Update – Cub Fire – July 4, 2020

Location:  Approximately 1-mile northeast of Cub Mountain, near the West Fork of the Gila River, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest.        Start Date:  June 28, 2020                  Cause:  Lightning        Size:  ~2,232 acres Vegetation:  grass, brush, and multiple snags Strategy/Summary: The Cub Fire is burning on National Forest System lands on the Wilderness Ranger District, Gila […]

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Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Vics Peak Fire Containment Increases

Magdalena, NM – For Immediate Release – The lightning-caused Vics Peak Fire, burning on the Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest since June 15, has grown to 11,713 acres, with 98 personnel assigned. A local district fire management team will begin today managing the Vics Peak Fire. The chance for moderate fire weather conditions will continue […]

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