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[Editor's Note: This is part 3 of a multi-part article series on the Grant County Commission work session and regular sessions on June 13, 3017 and June 15, 2017.]

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

After the presentations at the Tuesday June 13, 2017, Grant County Commission work session, Financial Officer Linda Vasquez presented the financial expenditure report for the past month, ending June 7, 2017, for a total of $1,890,645.86, including two pay periods totaling $411,009.33.

She made the same presentation at the work session, where it was approved

Location: Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Black Range Ranger District

Start Date: June 6, 2017

Size: 4,304 acres

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass with a mixed conifer component

Resources: Four wildland fire modules, 10 smokejumpers, 4 engines, 2 EMTs, 1 water tender and other fire personnel with a total of 105.

Containment: 0% (managed for multiple resource objectives)

Silver City, NM, June 18, 2017- Fire activity on the Gila National Forest has been low to moderate. We have lightning-caused fires that are being managed for a variety of resource benefits - to include fuel reduction, watershed restoration, wildlife habitat restoration and forest health.

The Gila NF will be sending out Air Quality Reports to better inform the public. These reports will also be on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/3178/ and will be attached to the Corral, Round and Straw Fires.

Frye Fire
Incident
Closure
Temporary Area Closure Expanded On Mt Graham
United States Department Of Agriculture Forest Service Coronado National Forest Safford Ranger District Temporary Area Closure Prohibitions: Pursuant To 16 Usc 551 And Title 36.

Approximate Location

32.735 latitude, -109.872 longitude

Incident Overview

Closure now includes campgrounds past Shannon.

Corral Fire

The Corral Fire is estimated at 12,025 acres and is burning with low to moderate intensity in pinon juniper grassland fuels and some pine stringers. The fire has burned to the edge of the East Fork of the Gila River and north to Diamond Creek. Crews are prepping FR 150 as well as some private property in Diamond Creek. This fire behavior is as it should be in a fire adapted ecosystem. The strategy of this fire is to reduce live woody fuels, reduce fuel loads on the ground, improve forest health and watershed conditions, and support the reintroduction of fire in the natural ecosystem. We are seeing smoke up at Gila Hotsprings and the Gila Center and a smoke monitor has been installed. Smoke has been heavy for the past few days and we expect that to continue.

Straw Fire

The following local governments were selected to receive funding from the Colonias Infrastructure Fund:

Town of Silver City - $ 177,137
Design Street improvements on Ridge Road from NM 90 to City Limits

Town of Silver City - $407,838
Replacements of water and service lines along NM Hwy 15 from Newsham to Pine St.

Town of Hurley - $153,870
Resurfacing, curb/gutter, ADA drive pads and sidewalks for Cortez Avenue

City of Lordsburg - $555,867
Construction to include paving and drainage improvements on Mountain View Drive

Village of Reserve - $198,364
Design and construct effluent discharge line

Village of Reserve - $423,637
Design and construct Wastewater Treatment Facility improvements

Casas Adobes MDWCA - $517,500
Construct water tank, automate system and purchase water rights.

Teacher Fire - Final Update

The Teacher Fire is estimated at 3,555 acres. Crews have completed all burning operations, and will be holding line and monitoring the active fire pockets.

Gravel Fire
The Gravel Fire is estimated at 2,320 acres. Ground ignitions took place along FR 153S yesterday; and will continue to prep along the road. The fire line will then be monitored throughout the afternoon. The northern edge of this fire is in the Turkey Creek drainage, the eastern edge has reached FR 28 along the Gilita drainage; the southern edge is in the Indian Creek drainage and the western border is FR 153S.

Location: Aldo Leopold Wilderness, Black Range Ranger District

Start Date: June 6, 2017

Size: 4,304 acres

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass with a mixed conifer component

Resources: Four wildland fire modules, 10 smokejumpers, 4 engines, 2 EMTs, 1 water tender and other fire personnel with a total of 105.

Containment: 0% (managed for multiple resource objectives)

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