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Black Range Complex fires 071416

Start date:  7/08/15

Cause:  Lightning

Estimated Fire Size (Complex):  KLINE FIRE: 55 Acres      COONEY FIRE: 2,300 Acres

% Contained: 0%

# of Firefighters: 90

Injuries to date: 0

Estimated Containment Date: Unknown, long term

Closures: No Closure Order for Roads, Trails, and Campgrounds

# of 20-person crews 1

# of Helicopters: 1 Type 3-- Continue reading

Fire ignited by single-car crash

Fire ignited by single-car crash

Courtesy Photo taken from the front porch of threatened property.


By Roger Lanse

At about 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, according to the New Mexico State Police, a single-car crash occurred on U.S. Highway 180 at MM 101, across from Jensen’s Mobile Home Park. The vehicle, driven by a 21-year-old female, with a female passenger, was headed into Silver City. No names were available at press time. The NMSP spokesman stated that the two females were taken to Gila Regional Medical Center, where the driver was arrested for DWI. The vehicle was totally destroyed to the point of officers being unable to determine year and make.-- Continue reading

Timberon Fire in Otero County 071416

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 11:00 AM

The fire began yesterday at approximately 3:30 PM. The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

As of this morning, an estimated 290 acres of private land have reportedly burned. Resources, including air tankers, are actively engaged in fire suppression activities.

At present, unconfirmed reports state that approximately 15 structures have burned, and that 30 additional structures remain threatened. Exploding propane tanks have kept firefighters from confirming the total number of structures lost. Power lines are also down in the area.-- Continue reading

Three members of Grant County methamphetamine trafficking ring plead guilty to federal charges

ALBUQUERQUE – Three members of a Grant County methamphetamine trafficking ring, including the ringleader, pled guilty late yesterday afternoon to methamphetamine trafficking charges. The three were part of a group of 12 defendants who were indicted in April 2015, as the result of an investigation that began in March 2014, and targeted a drug trafficking organization led by Daniel Lee Jacquez, 34, of Silver City, N.M., that distributed methamphetamine in Grant County, N.M. Three other defendants previously entered guilty pleas in this case.

The 12 defendants were charged in a 34-count indictment with participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy and committing a series of substantive drug trafficking offenses and a firearms offense. The conspiracy count charged all 12 defendants with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in Grant County from March 2014 through April 2015. Eight counts charged certain defendants with distributing or possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, 24 counts charge certain defendants with using communications devices (telephones) to facilitate drug trafficking crimes, and one charged a defendant with being a felon in possession of a firearm.-- Continue reading

NM CAP Entity makes decisions at July 11, 2016 meeting

By Mary Alice Murphy

Public comment opened the July 11, 2016 meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity.

Donna Stevens, Upper Gila Watershed Association director, requested that public comment take place after the discussion on alternatives for a project.

M.H. "Dutch" Salmon of the Gila Conservation Coalition said it was hard to "conjure up something to say when we don't know what alternative you will choose. The cost of more than $100 million for water to be delivered to a few farmers in the Gila Valley seems excessive."-- Continue reading

Black Fire Update for Wednesday 071316-Gila National Forest

Black Fire Update for Wednesday 071316-Gila National Forest

Photo of red-colored aerial fire retardant line along the tree edge adjacent to structures within the Lockney private land. Photo credit: Nate Nozie

Silver City, NM; July 13, 2016 –  Fire crews continue to keep a tight hold on the perimeter of the Black Fire today, watching for burned trees that present a threat to the fireline and hot areas that can still loft embers into unburned areas adjacent to the fire. Early this morning, a few spot fires were discovered just outside the perimeter and were rapidly extinguished. Crews use a thorough process to detect hidden embers and hotspots both inside and outside of the fire perimeter called “gridding.” Gridding involves fire personnel spreading out in a line while maintaining an equal distance between each other and walking a slow path along the fireline, searching for the smallest wisp of smoke or trace of heat. Crews walk a gridline to physically inspect every foot along the perimeter that may potentially threaten the security of the fireline.-- Continue reading

NM Wildfire Updates, 7.13.16., 4:30 PM

246 Fire: Approximately 10 acres of private land burned just north of Capitan in Lincoln County. The fire is 100% contained. All resources have been released. This is the final notification.

Clavel Fi-- Continue reading

Bayard City Council names new fire chief

By Alexis Rico (Grant County Beat Intern)

The City of Bayard held its regular meeting on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 2:04 p.m.

The Council approved a number of items at the meeting. Among the items approved were the agenda for the meeting; the appointment of fire chief, Freddie Gonzales; the appointment of fire department officers; the hiring of Mike Sayer as maintenance mechanic at an hourly rate of $15 per hour and upon successful completion of all pre-employment exams; the increase in wages of $0.25 per hour for Marlena Valenzuela and Samantha Fletcher for acquiring Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Certification, which will be effective on the date that the MVD Bayard Office resumes business.-- Continue reading

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