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Lightning brings 22 new fire starts over past two days

SILVER CITY, NM; June 24, 2016 – Thunderstorms across much of the Gila National Forest produced significant lightning with just isolated areas receiving appreciable rainfall. Firefighters were kept busy responding to 22 new fire starts.

Fire is a natural part of the ecosystem and each new start represents an opportunity to restore or maintain natural conditions, removing hazardous fuels and reducing the potential of future catastrophic wildfires.

While all fires are actively managed not all are immediately suppressed. Fire managers assess each new start and develop a management strategy for each fire. Strategies are developed considering values that are identified as important. Values can include both manmade and ecological values. Of the 22 starts there is a mix of different strategies implemented. Values at risk, location, topography, vegetation and fuels, and projected weather are all considerations that fire managers factor into the strategic decision. Even those fires in monitor status are assessed systematically to insure conditions warrant that strategy be continued.

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NM Wildfire Updates, 062416 at 3:20 PM

104 Fire: This fire on private land near Hwy. 104 is 60% contained. Multiple resources are engaged in fire suppression.

Blue Hill Fire: This fire in Harding County burned an estimated 40-50 acres on private land near Mosquero. Changes in fire activity have caused resources to re-engage in fire suppression.

Bonney Canyon Fire: A lightning-caused fire has burned approximately 200 acres of private and BLM lands. The smoldering fire is located to the south of Picacho in Lincoln County. There are clouds and thunderstorms in the region. Multiple resources have responded. No structures are threatened.

Curtis Valley Fire: No updates have been reported for this three-acre fire in the Lincoln National Forest.

Dog Head Fire: No changes have been reported for the Dog Head Fire. Updates are expected tomorrow. Demobilization of resources continues.

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NM Wildfire Updates, 062416 at 12:30 PM

104 Fire: A fire has burned an estimated 750 acres of private land near mile marker 14.5 on Hwy. 104, east of Las Vegas. No structures are threatened. Multiple resources are engaged in fire suppression. The fire is 50% contained.

Blue Hill Fire: This fire in Harding County burned an estimated 40-50 acres on private land near Mosquero. It has been fully contained. This is the final notification.

Chimayó Fire: This previously unnamed fire near Chimayó in Rio Arriba County burned approximately 3.29 acres of BLM land. The fire was contained yesterday. This is the final notification.

Curtis Valley Fire: Resources have stopped the growth of this three-acre fire in the Lincoln National Forest. Federal resources are continuing suppression activities.-- Continue reading

New Mexico Wildfire Update 062316 5:25 p.m.

EMNRD-FORESTRY DIVISION

New Mexico Wildfire Update for 6.23.16., 5:25 PM

**Please note: information about the Dog Head Fire will be relayed separately. **

Aspen Mountain Fire: This fire has burned 2-3 acres of USFS land west of Reserve in Catron County. The fire’s progress has been stopped. Multiple rain showers are reported in the area. Unless there are significant changes to the fire’s size or activity, this will be the final notification.

Blue Hill Fire: This previously unnamed fire in Harding County has burned an estimated 40-50 acres on private land near Mosquero. The fire is 50% contained.-- Continue reading

New Mexico State Police Officer Involved Shooting

Hanover, NM - The New Mexico State Police is investigating an officer involved shooting incident involving New Mexico State Police officers. The incident occurred around 3:30 this afternoon in Hanover-- Continue reading

More of old Fort Bayard hospital coming down 062316

More of old Fort Bayard hospital coming down 062316

Photographer Dave Schuhmann continues to chronicle the demolition of the old Fort Bayard Medical Center.

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McClure Fire 062316 2:30 p.m.

USFS News Release: McClure Fire, 6.23.16.

Below is the US Forest Service's current news release about the McClure Fire in the Santa Fe National Forest.

Please note, the fire in the Ortiz Mountains previously identified as the McClure Fire is the Goldmine Fire.

McClure Fire in Santa Fe Watershed, Santa Fe National Forest
June 23, 2016; 2:30 p.m.

Location: Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
In the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed approximately 2 miles from Hyde State Park and on the boundary of the Pecos Wilderness

Start Date: Reported June 23, 2016
Size: At least 5 acres
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Old Fort Bayard Medical Center demolition continues 962216

Old Fort Bayard Medical Center demolition continues 962216

Photographer Dave Schuhmann said the contractors have begun ripping apart the large west wing, the only remaining structure of the hospital complex. It will probably be completely demolished by Friday. On Wednesday, they were working on the south end of the building.

Sad but true to realize a big piece of Grant County history is just about history itself.

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