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Black Fire Daily Update – May 30, 2022

Containment Increases on the Black Fire Despite Windy Conditions  Daily Update 5/30/2022  Acres: 241,403 acres Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences Containment: 26% Personnel: 753  Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 Cause: Human-caused, under investigation Fuels: Timber and tall grass Structures Lost: 2  Overview: A real-time, interactive evacuation map is now available. The map provides current information on evacuation […]

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Black Fire Update – May 29, 2022

Red flag conditions continue  New interactive evacuation map available  Daily Update 5/29/2022  Acres: 228,311 acres   Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences  Containment: 19%  Personnel:  756   Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022  Cause: Human-caused, under investigation  Fuels: Timber and tall grass  Structures Lost: 2  Overview:  A new evacuation Area 12 has been added to […]

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Black Fire Evening Update – Updated Evacuations for March 28, 2022

Evacuation levels changing again Afternoon Update 5/28/2022  Announcement: Effective immediately, the Black Fire is implementing additional evacuations.  In coordination with Sierra County Sheriff’s Office, the evacuation status for the following area have changed:  Area 3:  The northern most one-mile-wide piece is now in a GO evacuation.  This includes the Murden property.  The following areas are under […]

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Black Fire Daily Update – May 28, 2022

Additional Evacuations Ordered  Progress Made on the West and Northeast Sides of the Black Fire  Daily Update 5/28/2022  Acres: 212,118 acres  Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences Containment: 18% Personnel:  806   Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 Cause: Human-caused, under investigation Fuels: Timber and tall grass Structures Lost: 2  Overview:  On the evacuation map, Area 11 that was in […]

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Black Fire Daily Update: 5/27/22

Firefighters working day and night to contain the Black FireCritical fire weather anticipated through the weekend Acres: 191,459 acres Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences Containment: 13% Personnel:  784 Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 Cause: Human-caused, under investigation Fuels: Timber and tall grass Structures Lost: 2 Overview:  The Black Fire has over […]

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Black Fire Daily Update: 5/26/22

Acres: 179,539 acres Containment: 13% Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences Personnel:  777 Structures Lost: 2 Fuels: Timber and tall grass Cause: Human-caused, under investigation Overview:  Personnel conducted firing operations along Turkey Creek Road to keep the fire south of State Highway 59 and west of State Highway 52. The rugged nature, inaccessible […]

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Amended Stage II Fire Restrictions for Gila National Forest – Effective May 24, 2022

Gila National Forest Amends Stage II Fire Restriction Order Silver City, NM, May 24—With the Gila National Forest experiencing a very active fire season during unprecedented drought conditions, forest leadership has taken steps to decrease the chances of additional human-caused wildfires.  The forest has amended the stage two fire restriction order, implemented initially on May […]

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Black Fire Evacuation Update – 8 p.m. May 25, 2022

Additional evacuations issued on the Black Fire Afternoon Update 5/25/2022 8:00 pm  Announcement: Effective immediately, the Black Fire is implementing additional evacuations.  Evacuations:  In coordination with Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the evacuation status for the following areas have changed:  Area 8: The area east of Forest Road 150 is now in a GO evacuation.  The area […]

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Black Fire Update – May 25, 2022

Evacuations updated as containment steadily increases;  Warming trend will bring active fire behavior  Daily Update 5/25/2022  Acres: 167,378 acres  Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences Containment: 14% Personnel:  747  Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 Cause: Human-caused, under investigation Fuels: Timber and tall grass Structures Lost: 2  Evacuation Update: Effective at 10 pm, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, additional evacuations […]

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Black Fire Update – May 24, 2022

Active Fire Behavior Continues; Red Flag Warning Issued Today  Daily Update 5/24/2022  Acres: 154,911 acres  Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences Containment: 11% Personnel:  646  Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 Cause: Human caused, under investigation Fuels: Timber and tall grass Structures Lost: 2  Overview:  There is red flag warning in effect today from 12 pm-8 pm. A shift […]

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Black Fire Update – May 23, 2022

Cloud Cover to Cause Increased Smoke on Black Fire  Community Meeting will be held tonight at the Winston Country Church at 7pm Daily Update 5/23/2022  Acres: 146,679 acres  Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences Containment: 8% Personnel:  661  Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 Cause: Human caused, under investigation Fuels: Timber and tall grass Structures Lost: 2  Announcement: There will […]

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Additional Evacuations Issued on the Black Fire – 5/22/2022 4:00 p.m.

Announcement: Effective immediately, additional evacuations have been implemented due to the Black Fire.  Evacuations: In coordination with Catron, and Sierra counties, the evacuation status for the following areas have changed: An additional portion of Area 1 has been moved to GO. Starting from Taylor Peak northeast to Kline Mountain, then east to Turkey Creek, following the Bear Creek […]

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Black Fire Public Meeting in Winston on Monday (5/23/2022) at 7 p.m.

Black Fire Public Meeting on Monday (5/23/2022) at 7 p.m.  There will be a Public Meeting for the Black Fire on Monday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at the Winston Country Church (2899 Highway 52, Winston, NM 87943). Please note, if you would like to sit during the meeting, please bring your own chair.

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Black Fire Daily Update – May 22, 2022

Firefighters increase containment; Cause under investigationDaily Update 5/22/2022 Acres: 130,224 acresLocation: 31 miles NW of Truth or ConsequencesContainment: 6%Personnel: 616Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022Cause: Human caused, under investigationFuels: Timber and tall grassStructures Lost: 2Overview: The Black Fire is human caused and law enforcement is Investigating. Firefighting resources have been working to suppress this fire […]

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Evacuations on the Black Fire Expand – 3 p.m. May 21, 2022

Evacuations on the Black Fire Expand Afternoon Update 5/21/2022 3:00 p.m. Announcement: Effective immediately, additional evacuations have been implemented due to the Black Fire. Evacuations: In coordination with Grant, Catron, and Sierra counties, the following areas are under evacuation status:GO – Area 2: New: A portion of Area 1 is now in go, including Taylor […]

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Black Fire Daily Update – May 21, 2022

Crews continue constructing fireline as some containment is achieved on the Black FireDaily Update 5/21/2022 Acres: 120,785 acres (Infrared Flight Friday night)Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or ConsequencesContainment: 4%Personnel: 615Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022Cause: Human caused, under investigationFuels: Timber and tall grass Fire Update: On Friday, the Black Fire showed active fire behavior […]

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Black Fire Daily Update – May 20, 2022

Crews Construct Fire Line as Red Flag Warning Continues on Black Fire  Community meeting scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. in Truth or Consequences  Daily Update 5/20/2022  Acres: 104,969 acres Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences Containment: 0% Personnel:  475  Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 Cause: Human caused, under investigation Fuels: Timber and tall grass   Announcement: The […]

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Black Fire Community Meeting Tonight – May 20, 2022

The public is invited to the community meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Ralph Edward Civic Center, 400 West 4th St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901. It will also be live-streamed on the Gila National Forest Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GilaNForest. Please note: You do not need a Facebook account to view the meeting. ASL […]

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NM Fire Information Resources

A list of official fire information resources for large wildfire incidents in New Mexico NM Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: NM Roads – Official Road Status for the State of NM (road closures, etc.) Map of Wildfires in NM (zoom into specific fires) To contact a specific incident, follow the link below: Additional […]

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Gila NF: Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project planned for Poverty Creek Wildland Urban Interface

Truth or Consequences, NM. October 15, 2021.  The Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District is planning a hazardous fuels reduction project, estimated at 150 acres in the Poverty Creek Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). The Black Range Ranger District is continuing work on reducing hazardous fuels, including prescribed burning, for the fall/winter of 2021-2022 on […]

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