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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)

Incident Name: Cajete Fire

Start Date & Time: 6/15/17 1045

Start Location: North of Jemez Springs, El Cajete Mine , MM 33 Sierra de los Pinos area

Cause of Fire: Unknown

Area Vegetation: Grass and ponderosa pine

Acres Burned: 1,315

Ownership(s): US Forest Service

Structures Threatened: Yes

Structures Burned: 0

Evacuations (Y or N & #): Y / Evacuations remain in place for Ruby Hole tract homes on Bennett Lane, Sierra Los Pinos, Cox Ranch and Valles Caldera. Jemez Mountain Baptist Church is being used for evacuees.

Upper Gila River Valley-Southern Gila Highlands/Black Range-Southern Gila Foothills/Mimbres Valley-
Eastern Black Range Foothills-
Including the cities of Cliff, Buckhorn, Gila Hot Springs,
Mule Creek, Silver City, Lake Roberts, Kingston, Fort Bayard,
Mimbres, Hurley, Faywood, Grant County Airport, Hillsboro,
and Winston
209 AM MDT Sat Jun 17 2017


* VISIBILITY...Below 1 mile in valley locations in western Sierra
County and northern Grant County mainly in the morning hours. Otherwise 2 to 3 miles across the advised area.

[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of a multi-part article series on the Grant County Commission work session and regular sessions this week on June 13, 3017 and June 15, 2017.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

During the Tuesday, June 13, 2017, work session, commissioners heard from Scott Stevens, representing Energy Control Inc. as senior project developer and of OpTerra Energy, and Mark Valenzuela, first vice president of investment banking firm George K. Baum and Company for its New Mexico Public Finance Group. Valenzuela is the county's advisor on bond financing.

"We work most in schools, municipalities and counties," Stevens said. "We did an investment grade assessment (IGA) and an energy services performance contracting (ESPC) evaluation. Our energy services can bridge the gap with solar and energy efficiency."

He showed a PowerPoint® presentation citing the financial challenges as lack of funding, diminishing budget, rising utility costs, bond limitations, capital expense priorities and increased maintenance costs.

Approximate Location

33.319 latitude, -107.904 longitude

Incident Overview

Summary: The Round Fire is currently 4,303 acres burning on the Gila National Forest in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. The fire is being managed for multiple objectives with the primary objective of allowing fire to function in its natural role in the forest. The fire will restore and enhance diverse ecosystems including Mexican spotted owl habitat. The fire has a collateral benefit of reducing the potential for large scale stand replacing fire in the future.

by Jesse Martinez of KFOX News El Paso


Friday, June 16, 2017

Photo of Puga Courtesy of Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office

Fernando Puga is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.

DONA ANA COUNTY, N.M. (KFOX14) - Two men accused of attacking an off-duty Border Patrol agent last week are now in custody.

On June 9, the victim was found by a passing motorist just before midnight just off Shalem Colony Trail west of Las Cruces, officials said.

Teacher Fire

Approximate Location

33.43 latitude, -108.568 longitude

Incident Overview

The Teacher Fire is estimated at 3,190 acres. Today resources on the Teacher Fire patrolled and secured CAT-C021/Snow Lake Road, the handline from the campgrounds to FSR 713, and along FSR 713. This action was taken to help secure this road network from yesterday's burning operations. Late this afternoon or early tomorrow morning resources plan to burn approximately 400 acres on the far west side of the fire along CAT-CO21 to the junction of FSR 713 to secure the western flank of this fire. A Type 3 organization continues to manage this fire.

R-14 Fire

Approximate Location

33.849 latitude, -111.165 longitude

Incident Overview

June 16, 2017
R-14 Fires near Cedar Creek
Several road side fires were started along Highway 73 between Canyon Day and Cedar Creek on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The fire is burning in a Pinyon Juniper Forest Type. The fire is estimated to be about 400 acres. The fire is moving in a northeasterly direction. Numerous resources are currently on the fire along with heavy air tankers . A fire investigator has been ordered to investigate the fire.

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