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Location: Mile post 38 on US Hwy 180, north of Alma, NM, Glenwood Ranger District

Start Date: June 11, 2018

Cause: Human Caused

Vegetation: grasses

Resources: 3 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 3 engine, 1 Type 2 IA Crew, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 2 SEATs, and 1 Utility Chase Truck

Size: ~ 80 acres

Containment: 100% as of June 12.

Location: 6 miles east of Mogollon, NM, Glenwood Ranger District, Gila National Forest

Start Date: June 10, 2018

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Heavy dead and down mixed conifer, ponderosa pine; and in burn scar from 2012 Whitewater-Baldy Complex

Resources: 1 IHC crew, 1 Wildfire Use Module, 1 Initial Attack crew, 1 Type 3 helicopter

Size: ~ 375 acres

Containment: 0%

Incident Commander: J. Hammer, ICT3, M. Cornwell, ICT3t

General Information: The Willow Fire, is burning on National Forest System lands, on Glenwood Ranger District in Catron County, NM. It is on Willow Mountain and in the headwaters of Willow Creek. The fire has crossed Crest Trail #182. The fire is burning in the Whitewater-Baldy Fire scar (2012) in heavy dead and downed fuels. The majority of the fire perimeter is in the Gila Wilderness. Area Closures are in effect.

Gila Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team
Ricky Cox—Incident Commander
Buzzard Fire

Another Hot and Dry Day Before Moisture Moves In
June 13, 2018 Daily Update
Acres: 44,402 Start Date: May 22, 2018
Cause: Human-caused Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF)
Containment: 74% Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Total Personnel: 383
General Information: The expected moisture moving into the burn area will lessen fire activity giving firefighters an opportunity to strengthen and secure control lines. As line construction in the southwest portion of the fire is completed, all control lines surrounding the fire will be tied in. Crews will monitor the fire’s progression and evaluate the need for firing operations to secure control lines. Work continues with the excavator to finish suppression repair and rehabilitation on the eastern side of the fire.

By Roger Lanse

In front of a near capacity crowd, the Silver City Town Council at its Tuesday, June 12 meeting, passed a notice of intent ordinance which would allow recreational off-road vehicles, or ROVs, on city streets.

Sponsored by District 3 Councilor Jose Ray Jr., the measure would require side-by-sides to be outfitted with safety equipment including seat belts, steering wheel, mirrors, lights, and signal horn. Also required would be four street tires and a muffler. The vehicles could not be driven before 6 a.m. nor after 10 p.m., according to the NOI, and drivers must be 18-years-of-age or older. Proper registration and insurance are mandatory, Ray said.

Photos by Frank Kenney

Horses and bulls arrived at Southwest Horseman's Arena today in preparation for the first day of the rodeo tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Photos and article by Alexis Rico

Santa Fe Opera teaching artist Charles Gamble lead three different theater workshops for a variety of age groups at the Silver City Public Library. Workshops for children and teens were held on Thursday, June 7, 2018, and a workshop for adults held was held on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Charles Gamble is a teaching artist with the Santa Fe Opera who trained in physical theater at L’Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, at the Roy Hart Institute for Voice in Malérargues, France, and at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. Gamble has been teaching for 22 years and thoroughly enjoys the art of improvisation acting.

By Mary Alice Murphy

The Grant County Commission met in a lengthy combined work and regular session on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The meeting began at 9 a.m. At about 1 p.m., the commissioners went into executive session for "discussion of disposal of Grant county Property, including Gila Regional Medical Center. After 2:30 p.m. the commissioners came back into regular session. The sole speaker was Commissioner Brett Kasten.

"We spent most of our time going over the questions we had asked counsel," Kasten said. "The answers brought up more questions. We will make no decision today. It has to be done right."

In a statement from GRMC, Chief Executive Officer Taffy Aria, said: “It’s very disappointing that the commissioners were unable to make a decision after this prolonged process. It is the hope that they will be able to come to an agreement in the relatively near future. The process is becoming frustrating for all participants. The physicians and caregivers of GRMC ask that this be resolved quickly so strategic initiatives can be implemented.”

Silver City, NM, June 12, 2018—The Meadow Fire Temporary Area Closure was rescinded June 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Recreationist are reminded to be careful in any post-fire area. Hazards could remain within the fire footprint, included fire-weakened dead and live trees, and stump holes. Fire-weakened trees are more susceptible to falling, especially if it is windy.

A reminder, the Gila National Forest is in in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. For more information please refer to Forest Order 06-18-006.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila 

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