If you can see smoke clouds across the western horizon at dusk, you can figure that smoke will enter the area during the night as generally westerly and southwesterly winds drive the smoke into the region. Smoke sinks into valleys at night during lower wind speeds.
Until the seasonal monsoonal flow comes into Arizona and New Mexico, the fires, even though somewhat contained, will continue to burn in the interior until significant rains douse them. The latest prediction is that rains will begin in the third week of July.
See below for more links to fires in Arizona and New Mexico that are potentially sending smoke into the region.
Southwest Desert/Lower Gila River Valley-Lowlands of the Bootheel-
Uplands of the Bootheel-Southwest Desert/Mimbres Basin-
Sierra County Lakes-Northern Dona Ana County-
Southern Dona Ana County/Mesilla Valley-Central Tularosa Basin-
Southern Tularosa Basin-Otero Mesa-
Northern Hudspeth Highlands/Hueco Mountains-Salt Basin-
Southern Hudspeth Highlands-
Including the cities of Lordsburg, Red Rock, Virden,
Antelope Wells, Animas, Hachita, Cloverdale, Deming, Columbus, Truth Or Consequences, Derry, Spaceport, Garfield, Hatch, Radium Springs, Las Cruces, Vado, Sunland Park, Alamogordo,Tularosa, White Sands Monument, Chaparral, Orogrande, White Sands Range Headquarters, Crow Flats, Hueco Tanks,
Loma Linda, Cornudas, Dell City, Salt Flat, and Sierra Blanca
Update includes eight additional COVID-19 deaths
SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Wednesday announced 290 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
99 new cases in Bernalillo County
14 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
6 new cases in Curry County
53 new cases in Doña Ana County
9 new cases in Eddy County
3 new cases in Grant County
1 new case in Hidalgo County
12 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
23 new cases in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
1 new case in Quay County
5 new cases in Rio Arriba County
16 new cases in Sandoval County
18 new cases in San Juan County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Taos County
8 new cases in Valencia County
5 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility
The Department of Health on Wednesday reported eight additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:
By Mary Alice Murphy
The New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity, the successor to the Southwest New Mexico Water Planning Group, as laid out in the Arizona Water Settlements Act signed into law in 2004 by then-President George W. Bush, continues to fight to access 14,000 acre-feet of Gila River and San Francisco River water. The water was allocated at 18,000 acre-feet in the 1968 Act, which addressed the inequality of water allowed to be taken in New Mexico as a result of the Arizona v. California settlement awarding the water primarily to Arizona and California and not recognizing the beneficial use of water in New Mexico.
It seemed the final blow to the Entity came in a notice of termination of the National Environmental Policy Act process from one of the joint leads in the process, the Interstate Stream Commission. The process would have developed an environmental impact statement (EIS).
Location: 5 miles north of Pinos Altos, NM Size: ~ 11,159 acres
Start Date: June 6, 2020 Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: Trees and Brush Containment: 75%
Incident Commander: E. Huerta, ICT4
Strategy/Summary: The Tadpole Fire has not advanced in the last few days. Interior smokes are being monitored by fire crews. Crews continue to monitor fire lines and check for hotspots. NM Highway 15 was reopened on July 2. This will be the final update on the fire unless the situation changes.
Location: Approximately one-mile northeast of Cub Mountain, near the West Fork of the Gila River, Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest.
Start Date: June 28, 2020 Cause: Lightning Size: ~11,565 acres
Vegetation: grass, brush, and multiple snags IC: Ty Oliver, ICT4
Strategy/Summary: The Cub Fire is burning on National Forest System lands on the Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest. The fire continues with active flame front progressing on the northeast, south and southeast sections for the fire. The main direction of growth is east near Lilley Mountain. The fire behavior is observed as a low intensity surface fire. The fire has reached the West Fork of the Gila River on its northern edge and its forward progression has stopped there.
Check out Pets to Adopt. The High Desert Humane Society has some new cats and dogs up for adoption.
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