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Silver Fire up to 800 acres at 5:30 p.m. Sunday

Silver Fire Information

Silver City Ranger District- USDA Forest Service
Silver Fire:

This is a full suppression fire.

Detected 6/7/2013. Cause: Lightning. Located approximately 2 miles southeast of Hwy 152 and approximately 7 miles south of Kingston, New Mexico. The fire is approximately 800 Acres burning in mixed conifer and shrub oak.

At this time, highway 152 has been closed  Fire was active overnight and due to the steep terrain fire fighters have not been able to gain access to the fire safely. The perimeter of the fire has been lined by air tankers using fire retardant but continues to be active due to dry conditions. 120 personnel, 3 Air Tankers, 2 Heavy Helicopters, and 11 Engines are assigned to the fire.

Today’s operations are to establish an anchor point to get fire fighters to the fire safely. Managers will continue to use air support. Repellers will be working today to cut out a heli-spot big enough to fly in Hotshots.

CLOSURE: An official order will be issued. Campers are advised that the following campgrounds will be closed due to fire danger: Iron Creek Campground, Upper Gallines, Lower Gallines, Railroad Campground, Wrights Cabin, and Emory pass lookout. Trial #79 will also be closed.

Road Conditions: New Mexico 152 eastbound and westbound from 35 miles East of Bayard at mile marker 16 to 10 miles West of Hillsboro at mile marker 40

 Fire and Smoking Restrictions

The Gila National Forest is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Allowing campfires in designated developed campgrounds and picnic areas, which must be in a Forest Service provided grill or fire ring. Fires in rock rings will not be allowed. The use of petroleum- fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are acceptable, provided they meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety . Smoking is limited to a vehicle, building, or 3 –foot area cleared of all flammable materials.

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