USFS Ends All Black Fire Evacuation Orders and Preparedness Plans


On Monday June 20, 2022 the U.S. Forest Service and the Black Fire Management Team announced the lifting of all existing evacuation orders and evacuation plans in Grant, Catron & Sierra Counties around the Black Fire Zone. Please read the actual USFS release below:

"Due to recent rainfall and improvement in fire conditions, the immediate threat to communities surrounding the Black Fire has been reduced.  Based on a recommendation from the Incident Management Team, all evacuations and evacuation preparedness levels have been lifted for communities in Catron, Grant and Sierra counties around the Black Fire area, effective 1:00 PM on Monday, June 20th.   The real-time, interactive evacuation map ([Black%20Fire%20Evacuation%20Map%20Link]Black Fire Evacuation Map Link) has been revised to reflect this change; this link will be kept up to date through June 26.

 The Gila National Forest closure remains in effect on National Forest lands around the Black Fire area, additional information is available at: 

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El incendio Black Actualización diaria del 21 de junio de 2022 

Se ha levantado el estado de evacuación sobre el incendio Black 

Actualización diaria del 21 de junio de 2022

Acres: 325,115 acres 

Contención: 68%

Personal total: 943

Causa:de orígen human,a ser determinada

  Fecha de inicio: Viernes 13 de mayo de 2022 

  Ubicación: 31 millas al noroeste de Truth or Consequences, NM 

  Combustibles: Coníferas mixtas y hierbas altas 

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Black Fire June 21, 2022 Daily Update

Evacuation status lifted on the Black Fire  

June 21, 2022 Daily Update

Acres: 325,115 acres 
Containment: 68% 
Total Personnel: 943 
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation 
Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 
Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences, NM 
Fuels: Timber and tall grass

Highlights: Due to recent rainfall and improved fire conditions, the immediate threat to communities surrounding the Black Fire has been reduced. All evacuations and evacuation preparedness levels have been lifted for communities in Sierra, Grant, and Catron Counties. The real-time,  interactive evacuation map has been revised to reflect this change. 

While the immediate threat from the fire has decreased, residents are encouraged to continue to monitor weather forecasts and post-fire flooding potential at, as well as Emergency Management websites for Sierra County, Catron County,and Grant County. 

Current weather forecasts indicate a high probability of severe monsoon storms and residents should take precautions as increased runoff from the burned area may pose additional threats for flooding.  

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Fiesta Latina Charros 051922

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On Sunday afternoon, the charros showed off their riding and roping skills, young and old. The young ladies are in high school, one young man is already a champion, and the older man is a multi-national champion in roping. The two little ones are following in their families footsteps.

Fiesta Latina dancing 0618-061922

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Part of the pageantry of the Fiesta Latina is dancing. At least two folklorico groups danced on Saturday and Sunday with swishing skirts and big sombreros. Also on Saturday, Danza Azteca performed. They said they usually have about 40 people in their group, but due to visas, they had four, but they put on a good show. The blowing of the conch shell and the sound it produced announced their group.

Fiesta Latina Mercado 061822

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Almost 30 rtisans from all corners of Mexico filled the tent on the Western New Mexico University campus and showed at the Mercado their creative wares - everything from jewelry to clothing to toys and wood carvings to weavings and copper ware to handmade paper wall hangings to ceramics and straw and feather art. The variety was stunning and in the case of this writer, always offers an opportunity to treat herself as well as buy Christmas gifts early. 

While the mercado was in full swing, so was the entertainment from music to dancing to charros.

Two future slideshows will feature some of the dancers and charros doing their tricks. 

Black Fire - Actualización diaria del 20 de junio de 2022

Alertas de inundaciones repentinas en el incendio Black 

Actualización diaria del 20 de junio de 2022


Contención: 68%

Personal total: 1,016

Causa:orígen human,a ser determinada

  Fecha de inicio: Viernes 13 de mayo de 2022 

  Location: 31 millas al noroeste de Truth or Consequences, NM 

  Combustibles: Coníferas mixtas y hierba alta 

Puntos importantes: una alerta de inundaciones repentinas se ha emitido desde las 12:00 p.m. hoy hasta las 6:00 el miércoles por la mañana.  Este tipo de alerta de inundación se emite cuando las condiciones favorecen inundaciones repentinas causadas  por lluvias excesivas. Esto no significa que habrán inundaciones, pero advierte de la posibilidad.  Los bomberos están vigilando con cuidado los cambios en el clima a medida que continúan terminando las reparaciones cruciales de extinción alrededor del área del incendio. 

La carretera New Mexico 152 ya está abierta desde el marcador de millas 40 (Kingston) hasta el marcador de millas 15 (San Lorenzo). Por favor, siga practicando precaución en el área y tenga en cuenta el aumento del tráfico de bomberos. 

Para saber más sobre elestado actual de evacuación del incendio Black, vea al mapa de evacuación interactivo en tiempo real o comuníquese con su oficina local de gestión de emergencias del Condado Sierra del Condado Catron y del Condado Grant.

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Black Fire June 20, 2022 Daily Update 

Flood Watch for flash flooding on the Black Fire 

June 20, 2022 Daily Update 

Acres: 325,111 acres 
Containment: 68% 
Total Personnel: 1,016 
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation 
Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 
Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences, NM 
Fuels: Timber and tall grass 

Highlights: A Flood Watch for flash flooding has been issued from 12:00 PM today through 6:00 AM on Wednesday. This type of Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall. A Flood Watch does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible. Firefighters are closely watching for changes in weather as they continue to complete critical suppression repairs around the fire area.  

New Mexico Highway 152 is now open from milepost 40 (Kingston) to milepost 15 (San Lorenzo). Please continue to use caution in the area and be mindful of increased fire traffic.  

To learn about the current  evacuation status for the Black Fire, please access the real-time, interactive evacuation map or contact your local emergency management office for Sierra County, Catron County, and Grant County. 

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