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By Roger Lanse

On June, 24, 2020, at about 1:15 p.m., Grant County Sheriff's Office deputies and detectives responded to an unattended death call in reference to the discovery of human remains near the Tadpole Fire by U.S. Forest Service employees. The law enforcement officers were told they would have to hike about a mile in rough terrain. One GCSO sergeant and two detectives returned to the station for water and hiking gear, while another GCSO sergeant and the Forest Service personnel elected to return in the morning when it would be cooler.

Location: Brushy Mountain, burning on the Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest
Start Date: July 18, 2020 Cause: Lightning Size: ~72 acres
Vegetation: pinyon, juniper IC: D. Roper, ICT4
Resources: Four wildland firefighters from Black Range District crew.

Summary: This fire is burning in the area known as Hermosa Prescribed Fire Phase 2, circa 1997, and the strategy is full suppression.

CUB FIRE

Monday, July 20, 2020

Fire Information Line: (575) 519-4312
Email: larry_smith@firenet.gov

Size: 23,216 Containment: 82% Cause: Lightning
Location: 3 miles northeast of Mogollon Baldy Lookout
Total Personnel: 48 personnel on the fire including two type 2 Initial Attack hand crews, one type 1 helicopter and one type 3 helicopter

Update includes two additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Sunday announced 241 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
99 new cases in Bernalillo County
1 new case in Chaves County
3 new cases in Cibola County
1 new case in Curry County
30 new cases in Doña Ana County
8 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
35 new cases in Lea County
2 new cases in Lincoln County
1 new case in Luna County
11 new cases in McKinley County
2 new cases in Otero County
4 new cases in Rio Arriba County
3 new cases in Roosevelt County
14 new cases in Sandoval County
6 new cases in San Juan County
1 new case in San Miguel County
10 new cases in Santa Fe County
1 new case in Sierra County
1 new case in Socorro County
1 new case in Torrance County
5 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Sunday reported two additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19. They are:

Location: Brushy Mountain, burning on the Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest
Start Date: July 18, 2020 Cause: Lightning Size: ~15-25 acres
Vegetation: pinyon, juniper IC: D. Roper, ICT4
Resources: Seven wildland firefighters, Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT), Air Attack and a Type 3 helicopter. A Type 1 Initial Attack Crew is ordered and will be prepositioned at Sierra County Airport.

Summary:

See PDF map at bottom

Size: 23,216                 Containment: 82%                Cause: Lightning
Location: 3 northeast of Mogollon Baldy Lookout
Total Personnel: 71 personnel on the fire including two type 2 Initial Attack hand crews and two Fire Use crews, one type 1 helicopter and one type 3 helicopter

Yesterday afternoon, after several days of improving trails for use as fireline, all fire crews were removed from the fire area due to snags, wind, and lightning.

Cloud cover was present over the fire for a majority of the day with the fire receiving scattered precipitation.

PDF below of smoke outlook of Cub Fire, which is improved from past days.

[This is the fourth and final article on the Grant County Commission work and regular session of July 14 and 16, 2020.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

The next item on the agenda of the July 16, 2020 regular meeting addressed the potential opening of the administration center building and elicited considerable discussion.

District 3 Commissioner Alicia Edwards moved the item be tabled, with District 4 Commissioner Billy Billings seconding it.

District 5 Commissioner Harry Browne asked if Edwards had discussion with others. "I didn't sense on Tuesday that we would table it."

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