Silver City, NM - June 24 — The Gila National Forest has lifted all fire restrictions as of 8:00 A.M. today. Forest leadership decided to lift stage II restrictions based on several factors, including a favorable monsoonal weather forecast, fewer human-caused wildfires, and adequate firefighting staffing. Fire managers will continue to monitor current and forecasted weather and fuel conditions as they return to everyday resource management practices. The forest's fire danger level has decreased from "extreme" to "moderate." Regardless of the change in restrictions and danger levels, the potential for a significant wildfire remains. So forest staff urges the public to stay vigilant and use any fire source in a safe and non-destructive manner.
We appreciate the public's support of our recent fire restrictions," said Michael Martinez, Forest Supervisor of the Gila National Forest. "While campfires and cooking fires are now allowed, we urge the public to remain fire aware and properly extinguish their fires."
Please remember to recreate responsibly in the Gila National Forest. With the Fourth of July holiday quickly approaching, forest leadership reminds visitors that fireworks are always prohibited on federal lands. They are asking nearby communities and out-of-state visitors to do their part to prevent more catastrophic wildfires in the Gila. Additionally, never leave a fire unattended. Always drown and stir campfires and feel for residual heat before leaving a campfire.
Moreover, the current monsoonal flow also raises the risk of flooding, especially in burn scars, arroyos, and drainages. The public is urged to remain vigilant in these areas.
Portions of the Gila National Forest in and around the Black Fire remain closed.
For more information on the Gila National Forest, check our website at www.fs.usda.gov/gila