Pass Fire Update June 22, 2023

Pass Fire
Gila National Forest Incident Commander– Dustin Roper
Information Phone: 575-388-8211 Hours: 8 am-4:30 pm
Acres: 53,091
Location: 40 miles west of Winston, NM
Containment: 13%
Personnel: 54
Start Date: May 18, 2023
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Timber, pinon/juniper and grass

Last night's infrared flight showed little to no fire activity on the slow-moving, low intensity Pass Fire, with just an acre of growth. Firefighters on the ground found downed logs smoldering around Jordan Hot Springs. A couple of wispy white columns of smoke are visible from the Clinton P. Anderson overlook on N.M. Highway 15.

Firefighters remain vigilant in checking all sides of the Pass Fire to keep it within the designated boundaries, as it slowly cleans forest understory. Detailed weather forecast and fuel samples taken by firefighters throughout the day help monitor conditions around the fire area. The drop in acreage of The Pass Fire will not be completely out until a soaking rain event occurs. Stumps, roots, and downed logs will continue to smolder until then.

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Rico Fire Update – June 22, 2023

Location: 1⁄4 mile NW of Pinos Altos, NM
Size: 421 acres
Containment: 0%
Personnel: 170
Start Date: June 20, 2023
Cause: Under investigation
Fuels: Slash, timber and brush

SILVER CITY, NM, June 22, 2023 – The Rico Fire has grown to 421 acres yet remains within the jurisdiction of the BLM and NM State lands. Extensive work continues as firefighters extinguish hot spots within the interior of the fire and progressively work to reinforce containment lines. Percent of containment will be reported only when there is certainty that the fire cannot cross the containment line. Laborious work goes into this the task of bolstering the lines around the entire perimeter of the fire, most of it accomplished with firefighting hand tools.

The Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Dorian Soliz, assumed command of the Rico Fire this morning at 6 a.m.

George Ducker, NM Forestry Division Public Information Officer reminds us all of the importance of Protecting Your Home from Wildfire especially in wildland urban interface settings.

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Pass Fire Update June 21, 2023

Pass Fire
Gila National Forest Incident Commander – Jorge Amaya
Information Phone: 575-388-8211 Hours: 8 am-4:30 pm

Acres: 50,090
Location: 40 miles west of Winston, NM Containment: 13%
Personnel: 54
Start Date: May 18, 2023
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Timber, pinon/juniper and grass

As of last week, the Pass Fire has continued a steady, slow to moderate movement and is now sized at 50,090 acres. Warmer, drier conditions caused the Pass Fire to pick up momentum on June 15, but then slowed again. Yesterday's reconnaissance flight showed minimal fire growth. Fire crews are focusing on the south and west sides, working to keep the fire north of the Middle Fork of the Gila and east of Meadow Trail (53). Isolated smoke columns are visible within the fire perimeter.

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Photos of Rico Fire from Pinos Altos

Photos courtesy of Sheila Huber-Geisler, taken this morning of the Rico Fire and water or retardant being dropped directly on the fire

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Rico Fire Photos by Don Licht

All photos courtesy of Don Licht

These are taken from North Swan Street image1Very Large Air Tanker ready to drop retardant onto the Rico Fire

image2smoke billowing up

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Freeport-McMoRan Declares Quarterly Cash Dividends on Common Stock 062123

To download a PDF of the release, please visit the following link: Freeport-McMoRan Declares Quarterly Cash Dividends on Common Stock

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE: FCX) announced today that its Board of Directors declared cash dividends of $0.15 per share on FCX’s common stock payable on August 1, 2023, to shareholders of record as of July 14, 2023. The declaration includes a base dividend of $0.075 per share and variable dividend of $0.075 per share in accordance with FCX's performance-based payout framework. The payment of dividends is at the discretion of the Board, which will consider FCX's financial results, cash requirements, global economic conditions and other factors it deems relevant.

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Rico Fire Update – June 21, 2023 - evacuation center opened

Rico Fire Update – June 21, 2023 

  • Location: ¼ mile NW of Pinos Altos, NM 
  • Size:  250 acres                                                                        
  • Containment:  0% 
  • Personnel:  142  
  • Start Date:  June 20, 2023 
  • Cause:  Under investigation 
  • Fuels:  Slash, timber and brush 
  • Evacuations:  In progress 

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Courtesy Photos taken from Gomez Peak of the Rico Fire

Thanks to Susan Hicks for these two photos, with an airplane, in the right photo, set to attack the Rico Fire about 6 p.m. June 20, 2023.

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