Gila National Forest Incident Commander – Manny Martinez Pass Fire Daily Update June 10, 2023

See map and Spanish update below.

 Information Phone: 575 297-0790 Hours: 8 am-8pm

Acres: 48,750
Location: 40 miles west of Winston, NM Containment: 13%
Personnel: 54
Start Date: May 18, 2023
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Timber, pinon/juniper and grass

Widespread cloud cover resulted in lower fire activity yesterday. Most of the fire activity was burning into pine stringers in Indian Creek, where the fire will most likely run into rock bluff and stop. Firefighters, using an unmanned drone, flew an operational recon mission yesterday afternoon over the southwest area of the fire.

In the southwest portion, between Brothers West and House Log Canyon, fire moved towards the Middle Fork, and continues to back through grass and available fuels towards middle fork, as expected. The Middle Fork is one of the natural barriers used to keep the fire within the perimeter.

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Silver City’s Wild, Wild West Rodeo: Day 1 - 060823

Photos and article by T.A. Niles

They say, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and while I often ponder the truth of that saying, in this instance I hope it will suffice. Here are a few images from Day 1 of the Renegade Rodeo tour stop hosted by the Southwest Horseman’s Association and presented by Casper Baca Rodeo Company.

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Pass Fire Daily Update June 9, 2023

Gila Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team Incident Commander – Pete Valenzuela
Information Phone: (575) 297-0790 Hours: 8 am-8pm Email:

Acres: 47,201
Location: 40 miles west of Winston, NM Containment: 13%
Personnel: 88
Start Date: May 18, 2023
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Timber, pinon/juniper and grass


Portions of the Pass Fire remain active, primarily on the southern edge of the fire in the Gila Wilderness area. Vegetation will continue to dry out as a hotter and drier weather pattern develops in the area. Crews flew several drone missions to check the area east of Indian Creek where the fire has been active near Brothers West. The area continues to hold. The southernmost portion of the fire is moving slowly southward toward the Middle Fork Gila River where a transition to a sparser fuel bed of Pinyon and Juniper is expected to hold the fire. The fire is also active in Burnt Corral Canyon and fire in that area, which had been previously ignited in a firing operation, has burned into the main body of fire near Jordan Canyon. It will now slowly burn to the north, back into previously burned area, and the south. The northern portion of the fire shows very little heat on infrared mapping data and is holding well. The increase in fire activity will help to consume more of the surface fuels but it is not expected to threaten the line.

The complexity of fighting the Pass Fire is decreasing and fire managers are preparing to transition to a local type 3 organization. This change will bring the resources assigned into alignment with current and projected needs to meet the objectives and continue to protect values at risk.

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Bayard residents arrested for making false reports

By Roger Lanse

At the May 8, 2023, Bayard City Council meeting, Bayard City Councilor Frances Gonzales reported that someone had attempted to break into her home on Bard Street on May 7, at about 3 a.m. At the meeting, Bayard Police Department Chief Hector Carrillo assigned the investigation of the crime to a BPD officer. Gonzales told the officer she would call the next day to arrange a time when the officer could come to her residence. When Gonzales had not contacted the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority to report the attempted break-in, BPD officers went to her residence at about 2:16 p.m. on May 9. They knocked several times, the report said, with no answer.

At about 4:10 p.m., officers returned to Gonzales' home, a BPD incident report stated, and made contact with her. She told the officers suspects had attempted to make entry into her home through the back door, then through all the doors and windows of the residence. Officers walked through the property, specifically under each of the doors and windows that were reported by Gonzales where the suspected illegal entry was attempted. All areas under the windows and around the doors and porch consisted of dirt with a few weeds, the report stated. Officers could find no shoe prints in any of the dirt patches under the windows, or along the fence line, or in the backyard, although the report stated the officers could readily see their own prints.

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Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce holds member luncheon 060123

Photos by Lynn Janes and Article by Mary Alice Murphy


The Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce hosted its monthly luncheon at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center on June 1, 2023.

After eating lunch provided by the Eastern Star, members heard from presenters.

Chamber Director Romeo Cruz introduced the board members, and then brought Board Member and PNM Community Manager Bruce Ashburn to the podium to introduce the main speaker of the day, Tony Apodaca, PNM energy efficiency program manager. Ashburn says Apodaca, with whom he has frequently worked, manages business projects for energy efficiency, as well as commercial and residential response programs.

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Added Spanish smoke outlook: Pass Fire Daily Update June 8, 2023

Please view English map and smoke outlook and Spanish daily update.

Gila Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team Incident Commander – Pete Valenzuela

Information Phone: 720 693-3527 Hours: 8 am-8pm Email:

Acres: 46,397
Location: 40 miles west of Winston, NM Containment: 13%
Personnel: 99
Start Date: May 18, 2023
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Timber, pinon/juniper and grass

The Pass Fire grew only 104 acres yesterday. The entire fire area was in patrol and monitor status. Crews are continuing to patrol the northern perimeter looking for and extinguishing hot spots. A drone flew an infrared mapping flight over the west side of the fire east of Indian Creek. Data collected showed that the line is still holding. The east side of the fire, where firefighters worked to protect several residences is in monitor status. A handcrew was flown up to the Black Mountain Lookout yesterday by helicopter. The crew removed the fire resistant wrapping used to protect the lookout in the initial days of the fire.

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Road is open I-10 Eastbound lanes closed at milepost 2

I-10 eastbound at milepost 2 is now open, removed from NM Roads


CRASH – Lordsburg Area

I-10 eastbound lanes are closed at milepost 10 due to motor vehicle crash.  Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and watch for emergency personnel, and equipment. Please expect delays. 

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Michael Renteria updates the council on legislature

By Lynn Janes

The Silver City Town Council held a work session May 23, 2023. The meeting started with Mayor Ken Ladner calling the meeting to order and leading the Pledge of Allegiance and salute to the New Mexico state flag. Council members attending the meeting included Jose Ray, Nicholas Prince, Guadalupe Cano, and Rudy Bencomo.

The council approved the agenda.

The council approved the minutes from the work session held April 25, 2023.

This month's work session continued the discussion about the committee to put together a job description for the new town manager when Alex Brown, town manager retires.

Cano thought 12 – 15 people would be sufficient and a good number.

Prince had not given the council names before for his submission, so he gave them the names he had. Alicia Montoya, young and has been involved in political campaignes. Mattie Eagle, CPA, and experienced in project management. Dr. Barbara Mora and Dr. Twana Sparks. He said he would get with them on the fifth name later. He had not talked to some of them about it.

Bencomo recommended Priscilla Lucero, Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments director. He said she had a lot of experience with job descriptions. Silver Schools Superintendent William Hawkins, and retired Police Chief and Municipal jJudge Rudy Jacquez; Flight Paramedic Mike Starr, and now clinical director; State Farm insurance agent John Saari, who owns two businesses. Saari is very interested but needs approval from the insurance company.

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