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Dung & Dunger for May 29, 2016

May 29, 2016 Comics
Dung & Dunger by Adrienne Herrick

The North Fire grows to 3,947 acres 052916

Magdalena, NM; May 29, 2016 - The North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District is now at 3,947 acres with approximately 128 personnel on the incident. The lightning-caused fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 5 miles east of Grassy Lookout and 25 miles southwest of Magdalena. NM. This lightning-caused fire is being actively managed for multiple resource benefits.

Aerial ignitions (dropping incendiary device from a helicopter) continued yesterday on Forest Road 138, cleaning up unburned fuels within the fire perimeter. Fire crews were able to use direct ignitions on the ridge line east and south along Forest Road 330. Also, fire crews were able to use hand ignition along the Forest Road 138 south and successfully around to Grassy Lookout, firing in Ponderosa Pine stringers and grass within the fire planning area. The fire continues to burn in ponderosa pine, mixed-conifer, grass and brush. Fire behavior in the conifer fuels continues to back down ridges with primarily surface fire. As the North Fire continues to burn, a planning area has been developed and every effort will be made to keep the North Fire within its boundaries. The introduction of fire into the ecosystem helps reduce hazardous fuels, removes fuel ahead of the fire and prepares the fire perimeter for restoration and modified vegetation of wildlife enhancement. Read more...

Spur Fire Update – 7:00 a.m. 052916

LUNA, NM; May 29, 2016 – For Immediate Release – The lightning-caused Spur Fire on the Quemado Ranger District of the Gila National Forest has not grown and remains at 815 acres. Minimal activity was seen on the west and south sides of the fire. However, hot and dry conditions predicted through the holiday weekend could set up fuels to have greater potential for fire growth.

In order to secure the west side of the fire, crews are planning to ignite from Dillon Mountain to Road 3020 when conditions are appropriate. When these operations occur, smoke production will increase. These actions are intended to protect grazing lands and private property west of the fire. Also, crews continue to work on the east side of the fire along Forest Service Road 49 (Toriette Lake Rd.) down to Highway 12. Read more...

MRAC Blues and Bikes 052816

On Saturday, just after noon, the park was full of folks. Most had staked out their spots, and every tree covered a complete group of people. Dancers were already grooving to the music, vendors seemed to be doing plenty of business, lots of plates of food were seen wandering through the park. It was a bustling scene. The event continues Sunday starting at noon.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy, with motorcycle stunt photos courtesy of Roger Wright of the American Legion Riders, who had set up their tent for the Operation Wounded Warrior fundraising. 100 percent of funds raised go to veterans, many locally. The raffle was for a quater side of beef donaed by Rocker Diamond X Ranch out of Mule Creek, N.M.

North Fire 052816

The North Fire now at 3,365 acres

Magdalena, NM; May 28, 2016 - The Magdalena Ranger District’s North Fire has increased in size to 3,365 acres. Approximately 118 personnel are assigned to the incident. This lightning-caused fire is being actively managed for multiple resource benefits. The North Fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM. Read more...

Old FBMC demolition starts on center portion 052716

Photographer Dave Schuhmann said some debris remains to be hauled away, but the demolition of the center part between the two larger wings has begun. He expects it to be down by next weekend. He and his wife, Joy, took these photos.

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Spur Fire Update – 9:00 a.m. 052816

LUNA, NM; May 28, 2016 – For Immediate Release – The lightning-caused Spur Fire on the Quemado Ranger District of the Gila National Forest has not grown and remains at 815 acres. On Friday, cooler temperatures and a trace of rain slowed fire activity; however, predicted hot and dry conditions could set up fuels to have greater potential for fire growth through the holiday weekend. Fire crews will continue to prepare forest trails 33 and 34 to the west and hold fire south of Forest Service Road 3020 and west of 49 (Toriette Lake Rd). Read more...

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