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Flash Flood Warning for northeaster Grant County and south central NM until 8 p.m. 070214

Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service El Paso Tx
458 Pm Mdt Wed Jul 2 2014

The National Weather Service In El Paso Has Issued A

* Flash Flood Warning For...
Northeastern Grant County In South Central New Mexico...-- Continue reading

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for South Central Grant County 070214 until 5:30 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service El Paso Tx
441 Pm Mdt Wed Jul 2 2014

The National Weather Service In El Paso Has Issued A

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning For...
Central Grant County In South Central New Mexico...

* Until 530 Pm Mdt

* At 435 Pm Mdt...National Weather Service Meteorologists Detected A
Severe Thunderstorm Capable Of Producing Damaging Winds In Excess
Of 60 Mph. This Storm Was Located 14 Miles Southeast Of
Buckhorn...Moving South At 5 Mph. Penny Size Hail May Also
Accompany These Damaging Winds.-- Continue reading

Emergency Closures at Forks/Grapevine Area on the Wilderness Ranger District

Emergency Closures at Forks/Grapevine Area on the Wilderness Ranger District

Silver City, NM July 2, 2014--During the summer and fall of 2013, the Gila River reached record flow rates. This caused extensive damage to the riverbanks and flood plains along the river. The low areas along the Gila River in the vicinity of the Forks and Grapevine Campgrounds on the Wilderness Ranger District experienced major flooding from these high river flows. This caused much of the riverbank and adjacent flood plains to erode away. Many of these eroded areas were popular camping spots along the river. Due to the repeated large forest fires from the past few years and monsoonal rains, it is expected for the foreseeable future that flooding and erosion of the riverbanks will continue.

Gila Forest Supervisor, Kelly Russell, issued an Emergency Closure Order for public safety to restrict use and hours of use for areas around the Forks and Grapevine Campgrounds. The Closure Order will:-- Continue reading

Gila NF Fire Information July 2, 2014—10:30

Gila

National Forest

Gila NF Fire Information

July 2, 2014—10:30

Crews continue mop up and suppression activities for the five fires detected on July 1.-- Continue reading

Gila National Forest Fire Information July 1, 2014—19:00

Gila
National Forest
Fire Information

July 1, 2014—19:00

Several thunderstorms passed through southwest New Mexico during the afternoon of Tuesday July 1. Five new fire starts were detected on the eastern side of the forest. All fires are staffed and are being worked to fully suppress the fires.

Black Range District:

Alex Fire: 3 Acres Staffed with 10 smokejumpers-2 loads of fire retardant used on fire-- Continue reading

Grant County Commissioners Air Concerns about Travel Management Plan with Forest Service

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a special meeting this morning, July 1, 2014, Grant County commissioners sat around a couple of tables with Gila National Forest Supervisor Kelly Russell and Silver City District Ranger Russell Ward.

"This is an open meeting for us to discuss with the Forest Service the Travel Management Plan," Chairman Brett Kasten said. "No decisions will be made. We will ask questions of each other."

Kyle Johnson, Grant County resident, asked if there would be public comment. Kasten replied that there would be no public comment. "If you want to ask questions of the Forest Service, I ask you to initiate your own meeting."

Donna Stevens, Upper Gila Watershed Alliance coordinator, said to Kasten that she had left him two messages, but received no answers, to which Kasten replied that, if they were on his county office phone, he had just returned from Arizona that morning. Stevens said she had also spoken to Denisha Lucero, the administrative assistant, who said she "thought there might be public comment." Kasten said she misunderstood.-- Continue reading

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Grant and Luna Counties 070114 until 4:00 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
National Weather Service El Paso Tx
231 Pm Mdt Tue Jul 1 2014

The National Weather Service In El Paso Has Issued A

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning For...
East Central Grant County In South Central New Mexico...
Northwestern Luna County In South Central New Mexico...

* Until 400 Pm Mdt

-- Continue reading

Diego Fire Information - 7/1/14 - Update

Situation:
Community meeting tonight at the Coyote Elementary School @ 7:30

Crews worked overnight to tie in some roads on the eastern edge of the fire, creating buffer for interior pockets of fuel that could experience extreme fire behavior today.
Bulldozers are being used to create containment lines on the southern portion of the fire along Jarosa Canyon to Forest Road 93 and Guardia spring west of FR 103.
Safety is paramount on all divisions today. Crews will be scouting for fireline construction opportunities, securing anchor points for containment lines, conducting structure assessments for protection, and will be utilizing direct suppression tactics where possible.-- Continue reading

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