Published on Sunday, 29 May 2016 12:33
Magdalena, NM; May 29, 2016 - The North Fire on the Magdalena Ranger District is now at 3,947 acres with approximately 128 personnel on the incident. The lightning-caused fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 5 miles east of Grassy Lookout and 25 miles southwest of Magdalena. NM. This lightning-caused fire is being actively managed for multiple resource benefits.
Aerial ignitions (dropping incendiary device from a helicopter) continued yesterday on Forest Road 138, cleaning up unburned fuels within the fire perimeter. Fire crews were able to use direct ignitions on the ridge line east and south along Forest Road 330. Also, fire crews were able to use hand ignition along the Forest Road 138 south and successfully around to Grassy Lookout, firing in Ponderosa Pine stringers and grass within the fire planning area. The fire continues to burn in ponderosa pine, mixed-conifer, grass and brush. Fire behavior in the conifer fuels continues to back down ridges with primarily surface fire. As the North Fire continues to burn, a planning area has been developed and every effort will be made to keep the North Fire within its boundaries. The introduction of fire into the ecosystem helps reduce hazardous fuels, removes fuel ahead of the fire and prepares the fire perimeter for restoration and modified vegetation of wildlife enhancement.-- Continue reading
Published on Sunday, 29 May 2016 08:36
LUNA, NM; May 29, 2016 – For Immediate Release – The lightning-caused Spur Fire on the Quemado Ranger District of the Gila National Forest has not grown and remains at 815 acres. Minimal activity was seen on the west and south sides of the fire. However, hot and dry conditions predicted through the holiday weekend could set up fuels to have greater potential for fire growth.
In order to secure the west side of the fire, crews are planning to ignite from Dillon Mountain to Road 3020 when conditions are appropriate. When these operations occur, smoke production will increase. These actions are intended to protect grazing lands and private property west of the fire. Also, crews continue to work on the east side of the fire along Forest Service Road 49 (Toriette Lake Rd.) down to Highway 12.-- Continue reading
Published on Saturday, 28 May 2016 16:17
The North Fire now at 3,365 acres
Magdalena, NM; May 28, 2016 - The Magdalena Ranger District’s North Fire has increased in size to 3,365 acres. Approximately 118 personnel are assigned to the incident. This lightning-caused fire is being actively managed for multiple resource benefits. The North Fire is located in the San Mateo Mountains, 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, NM.-- Continue reading
Published on Saturday, 28 May 2016 11:56
Photographer Dave Schuhmann said some debris remains to be hauled away, but the demolition of the center part between the two larger wings has begun. He expects it to be down by next weekend. He and his wife, Joy, took these photos.
Published on Saturday, 28 May 2016 09:51
LUNA, NM; May 28, 2016 – For Immediate Release – The lightning-caused Spur Fire on the Quemado Ranger District of the Gila National Forest has not grown and remains at 815 acres. On Friday, cooler temperatures and a trace of rain slowed fire activity; however, predicted hot and dry conditions could set up fuels to have greater potential for fire growth through the holiday weekend. Fire crews will continue to prepare forest trails 33 and 34 to the west and hold fire south of Forest Service Road 3020 and west of 49 (Toriette Lake Rd).-- Continue reading
Published on Friday, 27 May 2016 20:56
Folks were proud of their We Love Our Coaches T-shirts at the Silver School Board special meeting held Thursday, May 26. From left are Christina Trewern, Perla Castillo, Heather Holguin, Sheila Topmiller, Jewel Eva Jackson, Lisa Trewern and Haley Trewern.
Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy
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