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New Mexico fire and weather update 072814

Govina Fire burning on the Reserve Ranger District

SILVER CITY, N.M. -- The Govina Fire started on July 24, 2014 on the Reserve Ranger District. The fire is 53 acres and burning in grass, mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, and pinyon juniper north of John Kerr Peak. Fire behavior is active on all sides and creeping through grass and needle cast. This fire is being confined within existing road systems and natural barriers for resource benefit objectives. Smoke may be visible in Apache Creek and Aragon areas during the mornings and evenings. Smoke may be visible from the San Augustine Plains area. Smoke in the Reserve area will be visible from the Tige and Sycamore fires as well as other fires in southeast Arizona. For any additional information please contact the Reserve Ranger District at (575) 533-6231.

Tige Fire burning on the Glenwood Ranger District
The Tige Fire is located in the Blue Range Wilderness and is 346 acres. The fire is being managed for resource benefit objectives. Fire activity has picked up with the dry weather we have been experiencing. Smoke may be visible from Highway 180 and in the communities of Alma, Glenwood and Pleasanton For any additional information please contact the Glenwood Ranger District at (575) 539-2481.

Sycamore Fire burning on the Clifton Ranger District
The Sycamore Fire burning in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest is located on the Clifton Ranger District. Fire size is currently 3,000 acres and being managed for resource benefits. Some moisture has passed through the area allowing the fire behavior to be low with minimal fire spread. Smoke will continue to be visible from this fire as well as other fires in Arizona. For additional information call (928) 333-3412.

Fire Weather Update
Overall the weather is not as hot this week with best rainfall chances shifting to the eastern 2/3 of the region through midweek while some drying occurs across W/NW Arizona. Moisture is expected to increase overall and spread west next weekend. Upper level high pressure will weaken and wobble over the area through the coming week as low level moisture continues to be drawn into the clockwise high circulation from the south and east with aid from a few backdoor cold frontal pushes. The focus for storm activity and rainfall will be over western and northern halves of the area today then gradually shifting to the entire eastern 2/3 of the area by midweek as moderate drying occurs across western Arizona. Warmer temperatures and minimum relative humidity; values in the 10-20% range are expected during the second half of the work week across western Arizona. A near area-wide increase in moisture and rainfall potential is expected next weekend.


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