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

Firefighters Face Warmer and Drier Weather on Sunday
June 17, 2018 Daily Update
Acres: 47,370 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: 254
General Information: Light showers, increased humidity and cooler temperatures put a damper on the fire Saturday. Although the fire area received over half an inch of rain, the fire continues to creep and smolder in drainages containing stands of pine trees. Sunday will see a return to warmer and drier weather as the remnants of Tropical Storm Bud move to the east. Firefighters will continue to mop up along control lines and continue with suppression repair and rehabilitation on control lines where the fire no longer poses a threat. With decreased fire activity, crews, equipment, and personnel are being released from the incident to travel home or be reassigned to other fires.

Fire Operations: Seeding, water bar construction, and pulling logs and brush over dozer lines are complete on the northern sections of the fire. An Excavator and a rubber-tired skidder continue to construct water bars and pull material over control lines to aid in revegetation on the southeast portion. Crews will patrol and monitor the fire’s edge on the southwestern side for hot spots. Resource Advisors will be present to guide crews as they begin repair and rehabilitation on hand and dozer constructed control lines. Equipment such as portable water tanks, hose, and water pumps are being returned to fire camp. Initial Attack crews are prepared to respond to new fires that may pop up from lightning strikes from last week.

Fire Safety Awareness: Stage 2 Fire Restrictions remain in place even though the forest has received rain. Rain has been spotty and not consistent over the forest to warrant lifting fire restrictions. Fire Danger is still rated as EXTREME on the Gila National Forest.

Fire Weather: Sunday, a southwest flow pattern will return, bringing warmer and drier conditions through the rest of the week. Today winds will be from the southwest, 10-15 miles per hour. Temperatures to reach the 70’s with relative humidity bit higher than normal for this time of year.

Closures: The area around the fire remains closed for public safety until lifted by the Gila National Forest. Roadblocks have been set up by local law enforcement. In support of this closure, the Continental Divide Trail has been rerouted around the fire closures. The trail reroute map is available at https://bit.ly/2GRESFw . More closure information is available at https://bit.ly/2LvwKhN . For information on Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gila/alerts-notices/?aid=46143 .

Smoke Situation: As fire activity decreases, air quality continues to improve throughout the area. For more information on air quality and health impacts due to wildfire smoke, please visit the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://nmtracking.org/fire . Smoke concentration data is available at: https://tools.airfire.org/monitoring/v4 .

Fire Information Links: Fire information can be found at nmfireinfo.com and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5814 /. For information on the Gila National Forest, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila .

Fire Information: (602) 529-5924 Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5814/  Email: buzzardfireinfo2018@gmail.com 

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

1st New Mexico Bank, the premier sponsor of the 2018 Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo, hosted this year's Rodeo Royalty, Miss Turquoise Circuit Haley Olsen from Bullhead City, AZ; Miss Rodeo New Mexico Kiana Elder of Rio Rancho; Miss Teen Rodeo New Mexico Clara Maxam of Corrales; and Miss Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo Queen Alyssa Marable of Las Cruces.

Photos by Frank Kenney

Before the bull riding event Wednesday evening, photographer Frank Kenney caught the riders in stages of preparation and relaxation. 

The 1st New Mexico Bank Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo has a new provider of this year—Hi Lo Pro Rodeo.

Photos by Frank Kenney

Article by Mary Alice Murphy

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, American Legion Allingham-Golding Post 18 hosted Joe Martinez, representing Congressman Steve Pearce, as he presented certificates of Congressional Recognition of Achievement and American flags that had flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., at the request of Pearce.

June 16, 2018 10:30 AM

San Antonio Fire Statistics
Start Date: June 14, 2018, at 11:30 AM
Size: 495 acres
Location: Northwest area of Valles Caldera National Preserve
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 0%

Moisture Slows the San Antonio Fire

The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve has grown to 495 acres and is located within the northwest area of the preserve between Valle San Antonio and the northern boundary. Firefighters were able to establish hand line along the north and southwestern flanks of the fire. In addition, air support dropped retardant lines along the fire perimeter. Today’s forecasted rain and higher humidity are expected to aid in firefighting efforts.

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

Cooler Temperatures and Higher Humidity Have Decreased Fire Activity
June 16, 2018 Daily Update
Acres: 47,370 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: 274

General Information: More moisture continues to move over the fire area. The fire area received nearly a half an inch of rain overnight. The Gulf moisture that arrived yesterday moderated fire activity with higher relative humidity, cooler temperatures, and small amounts of rainfall. Low intensity fire was observed yesterday as the fire continued to slowly back down in drainages where it is burning mainly in stands of pine. Crews are taking advantage of these moist conditions to continue to strengthen and secure control lines. As these lines are secured, fire suppression repair and rehabilitation efforts continue and additional needs are being planned in the southwest portion of the fire.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Monday, June 11, 2018 meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity, the third item of business addressed the details of the project confirmation package for the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process toward development of the New Mexico Unit, as set forth in the Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004.

Howard Hutchinson, representing the San Francisco Soil and Water Conservation District, was the first to comment. "I read through this letter. I made the comment that the chairman would have to have the gavel ready to make sure I didn't go outside the standards of protocol. I tried to decide whether it was the Bureau of Reclamation and the Interstate Stream Commission trying to derail our project. Or it was just a sign of incompetence. Or maybe another alternative, maybe the joint leads are simply not familiar enough with the process to have delineated this stuff previously."

By Mary Alice Murphy

As there was no public input at the beginning of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity meeting on Monday, June 11, 2018, after preliminary approvals of agenda and minutes, the members got straight into the business of the day.

The first item of old business was to discuss the changed language in the second amendment to the joint powers agreement.

Vance Lee, representing Hidalgo County, pointed out that some of the signatory names on the document were incorrect.

Chairwoman Darr Shannon agreed that several changes needed to be made.

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