facebook-24x24

You are here: HomeNewsFront Page News ArticlesSIGNAL FIRE UPDATE Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:00 a.m.

SIGNAL FIRE UPDATE Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:00 a.m.

SIGNAL FIRE UPDATE
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:00 a.m.
Fire Information: (575) 388-8300

Acres: 5,740 Start Date: May 11, 2014
Cause: Human Location: 10 miles north of Silver City, NM
Containment: 50% Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass/rugged terrain
Total personnel: 684

Yesterday's Actions: The Signal Fire was attacked with full suppression strategy. Firefighters worked in extremely rough terrain Friday to add an additional 15% containment to the fire line. This additional containment brought the total containment to 50% by evening. Winds began to add velocity during the afternoon to challenge crews on the eastern front of the fire but they continued to make good progress. Crews roughed in a line on the east side of the fire that will be improved during the next two days. With the arrival of a very dry air mass from Baja California beginning to be felt yesterday along with increased temperatures and westerly winds aloft, evening smoke was beginning to appear over the Silver City area, which likely came from the Skunk Fire in Arizona.

Today's Actions: Crews today will be continuing to attack the edge of the fire directly and improving already created fire lines. With the weather much drier and conditions unstable, the likelihood of ignition if a spark lands in dry grass is 100%. The increased warmer temperatures will increase fire behavior with more aggressive burning as the day progresses. Smoke columns potentially could be observed from the fire today. Fire managers are concerned that fuels remaining inside the fire perimeter and the winds anticipated during the next five days could create the risk of spot fires. Crews have been identified and prepositioned to provide initial attack to deal with that possibility.

Weather: A period of critical fire weather began yesterday and continues for the next five days. Temperatures are expected to continue to increase over the next few days. Today's temperature is expected to reach into the 80 degree range within the fire perimeter.

Silver City, Pinos Altos, Gila Cliff Dwellings and local special events are NOT being impacted by the Signal Fire.

Information for this fire, including maps and photos, can be found at:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3864/
http://nmfireinfo.com

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.
captcha 
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.

A new classified ad is from a person seeking rides to GRMC. And another classified is for an educational assistant to the Grant County Extension Office.

Thanks for continuing to read the Beat and for your patience while we worked through the glitches of the past few weeks. We think things are back to normal, but feel free to notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you notice problems.

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.

Check Out Classifieds. And look at Sponsors to see who is helping the Beat.

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!

Note that if an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat

Remember that all articles and photos are copyrighted to the person who wrote or took them. Please ask permission before using anything written or photographed. We charge a small fee for use of photos.

When you click on the blue and orange button on the upper left side of most pages, you will find out how you can help the Beat defray its expenses, which, with increased readership, continue to grow.

You will arrive at a page that gives you options of how you can Help the Beat. All help is greatly appreciated and keeps the news you want and need coming into your browser.

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