You are here: HomeNewsFront Page News ArticlesSilver Fire- Chronology of Events June 7-14 by GNF

Silver Fire- Chronology of Events June 7-14 by GNF

Gila National Forest, NM
June 7 – June 14, 2013

June 7, Friday –
Total acres – 1.5
Fire reported at 3:00p.m.  Lightning is cause of fire.  Point of origin is 5 miles WSW of Kingston, NM in Gila National Forest.  Two engines with nine firefighters were dispatched. The firefighters hiked into the fire. A heavy air tanker and type 3 helicopter provided support to firefighters building line. A fire line was completed around the 1.5-acre fire at 9:45 p.m. Firefighters prepare to spend the night on-site.

June 8, Saturday –
Total acres – 80
At 12:30 a.m., a burning log rolls down the steep slope and crosses the fire line, igniting material below the firefighters. Within 20 minutes the fire activity has increased to the point that firefighters disengage. Two hotshot crews and five air tankers respond in the morning. Fire burned in steep terrain with heavy fuel loads and adverse weather conditions.  Firefighters could not access the fire safely.  There were no escape routes and safety zones.  The air tankers dropped 32 loads totaling 67,000 gallons of retardant. Retardant lines completely surrounded the fire, which had grown to 80 acres. Retardant lines hold through the night. One heavy helicopter works the fire.

June 9, Sunday –
Acres burned  – 1,446
Total acres  – 1,526
Firefighters – 120
Containment – 0%
Perimeter of fire lined by airtankers with retardant to impede fire growth.  3 airtankers, 2 helicopters and 11 engines working fire.  Various campgrounds closed.  Pre-evacuation called for Kingston, NM.  New Mexico Highway 152 closed.  

June 10, Monday –
Acres burned  – 5,174
Total acres – 6,700
Firefighters - 138
At 8:00p.m. fire transitioned from local type 3 management team to the Northern Arizona Type 2 Incident Management Team. Fire is now 6 miles west of Kingston, NM. Daily morning meetings begin in Hillsboro.  Kingston, NM evacuated at 1:45a.m.  Aerial attack continues.

June 11, Tuesday –
Acres burned this day – 4,800
Total acres - 11,500
Firefighters – 350
Containment – 0%
Southern portion of Aldo Leopold wilderness closed.  Fire moved to within 1.5 miles west of Kingston, NM.  High temperatures, low humidity and winds increased.  Fire spotted across New Mexico Highway 152.  

June 12, Wednesday –
Acres burned this day – 6,300
Total acres - 17,800
Firefighters – 348
Weather continued to be a challenge.  Unusually strong easterly winds pushed fire to within one-quarter mile of Kingston.  

June 13, Thursday –  
Acres burned this day – 3,200
Total acres – 21,400
Firefighters - 478
Storm front crossed fire area bringing wind gusts, no rain.  Smoke increased in  local communities.  Aerial attack suspended due to wind.  

June 14, Friday –
Acres burned  -0-
Total acres – 21,400
Firefighers – 552
Containment – 0%
Public meeting held in Mimbres.  Aerial attack continued.  Minimal fire growth.   Considerable indirect containment line constructed and additional line planned.  Containment will be reported when lines have been burned and held for sufficient time to be considered secure.  

June 15, Saturday –
Acres burned - 389
Total acres – 21,789
Firefighters - 552

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

Twice lately, someone has used one of MY photos, TAKEN by ME, without attribution or payment to me or the Beat. Remember that ALL PHOTOS ON THE SITE ARE COPYRIGHTED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER. All content is also automatically copyrighted to the creator, when it is posted. 

For all you non-profits out there who hold regular fundraisers and want to thank your supporters, the Beat has a new flat rate of $20 plus GRT for Thank You Ads, which are posted under Community. Thanks for supporting the Beat.

The Beat is very pleased and excited to announce that it has an intern, Alexis Rico, who is studying journalism at New Mexico State University. Please welcome her. We will be experimenting together on some new ways to provide the news to you. We look forward to your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thanks for being a Beat reader!

The Beat thanks all of you who have become friends of the Beat by sponsoring pages.

We have added a new category under Sponsors on the menu—Local businesses. You and your business can benefit from the exposure by contacting the Beat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Someone will contact you for an interview and to take photos. The cost for the sponsorship is $100, and you can continue the relationship by advertising your business for a longer term. The longer the term, the better the discount you receive.

The Beat is now posting legal notices for area governmental agencies. Check under the menu item Community to find Legals for what's happening in the area in the way of meetings and other legal notices.

You may have noticed a blue button on the upper left side of most pages. It says Sponsor GCBTo help defray ever-increasing costs of the Beat and to prevent the requirement for paid subscriptions, the Beat is asking you to choose an amount you want to pay on a one-time or regular basis to SPONSOR a page or feature that you rely on. 

If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Comics are now available. As the editor, I chose my favorites first--B.C. and Wizard of Id. The Beat is seeking sponsors for these comics and for your favorites, too. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for rates. 

Check Out Classifieds.

It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat.

Post YOURS for quick results!

Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com.

Go to top