Front Page News

Sunday June 27, 2021
Visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7493/
Fire Phone 575-519-0103 Email: SM.FS.GNFPAO@usda.gov

JOHNSON FIRE
Location: Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest Start Date: May 20, 2021 Size: 88420 acres
Cause: Lightning Vegetation: Timber with grass understory, pinyon and juniper woodlands, scrub and brush
Total Personnel: 107 Containment: 24%
Resources: 1 Type 1 handcrew, 2 Type 2 handcrews, 1 type 3 helicopter, 8 engines and 3 water tenders

SUMMARY: Biologists and fire personnel were successful in removing approximately 350 Gila trout from Langstroth Creek and White Creek yesterday. 250 pure lineage Gila trout were removed from Langstroth Creek and 100 mixed lineage Gila trout were removed from White Creek. Biologists determined the need to remove the fish after assessing the potential for ash flow impacts to the creek after the fire, during monsoon season. These creeks will be monitored for riparian recovery for a year at minimum, and once the creek has stabilized, Gila trout will be returned to their natural habitat in the headwaters they were removed from. All Gila trout will be moved to the Mora National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center in Mora, New Mexico. The Mora National Fish Hatchery is dedicated to the restoration and recovery of the threatened Gila trout, a fish found only in the high desert and mountain watersheds of the Gila, Salt, and Verde drainages in New Mexico and Arizona. Biologists maintain wild brood stocks of the rare Gila trout, keeping them in as much a natural setting as possible. The Gila National Forest and the Mora National Fish Hatchery have a long and successful partnership together to protect Gila trout after wildfires occur on the forest.

INCIDENT OBJECTIVES: Provide for firefighter and public safety and allow fire to play its natural role on the landscape. Values at risk are the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, White Creek Cabin, and sensitive aquatic species in the Gila Wilderness.

FIRE BEHAVIOR: Moderate to light, with areas of backing and creeping.

CLOSURE:

Saturday, June 26, 2021
Visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7493/
Fire Phone 575-519-0103 Email: SM.FS.GNFPAO@usda.gov

JOHNSON FIRE
Location: Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest Start Date: May 20, 2021 Size: 88420 acres
Cause: Lightning Vegetation: Timber with grass understory, pinyon and juniper woodlands, scrub and brush
Total Personnel: 136 Containment: 24%
Resources: 1 Type 1 handcrew, 2 Type 2 handcrews, 1 type 3 helicopter, 8 engines and 3 water tenders

SUMMARY: Crews will assess and monitor the fire activity around Seventy-Four Mountain and West Mogollon Creek. This area is visible from the communities of Mangus, Cliff, Buckhorn, and Gila. A reconnaissance flight is planned for an aerial assessment of the fire. Helicopter bucket work may occur in the Seventy-Four Mountain and West Mogollon Creek areas if warranted, depending on fire activity. Fisheries Biologists and fire personnel will remove Gila trout from fire affected streams via helicopter today. Fish will be relocated to the Mora Fish Hatchery until affected streams are deemed safe again, at which time the fish will be returned to streams. Gila trout evacuations are common on the Gila National Forest and are implemented to maintain and preserve the original genetic lineage of the species.

INCIDENT OBJECTIVES: Provide for firefighter and public safety and allow fire to play its natural role on the landscape. Values at risk are the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, White Creek Cabin, and sensitive aquatic species in the Gila Wilderness.

FIRE BEHAVIOR: Moderate to light, with areas of backing and creeping.

CLOSURE:

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

On one of he hottest days of the year so far, on Saturday, June 19, 2021, senior olympians were out in good numbers to compete in track events and field events at Fox Field.

The opening ceremonies, which included the Gaffney-Oglesby Marine Corps League Detachment 1328 Color Guard presenting the colors, the singing of the National Anthem and an invocation, were dedicated to all veterans for their years of service. 

9The track events included various distances from 50 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters, 800 meters, 1500 meters and an estimated walk/run at 400 and 800 meters, as well as race/walks at 400 meters and 1500 meters. A walk was slated for 400 meters, as well as a 5K race/walk. Field events included shot put, discus, high jump, running long jump, standing broad jump, javelin and softball throw. Recreational events included frisbee accuracy and distance soccer accuracy.

Because of the heat, the competitors were reminded to stay hydrated, and plenty of water was on hand for the purpose.

One additional COVID-19 death

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Friday announced 76 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

19 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Cibola County
2 new cases in Curry County
3 new cases in Doña Ana County
6 new cases in Eddy County
1 new case in Grant County
2 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in McKinley County
1 new case in Otero County
3 new cases in Rio Arriba County
6 new cases in Sandoval County
5 new cases in San Juan County
2 new cases in San Miguel County
8 new cases in Santa Fe County
5 new cases in Taos County
1 new case in Torrance County
4 new cases in Valencia County
4 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center
1 new case among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Friday reported one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

Friday, June 25, 2021
Visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7493/
Fire Phone 575-519-0103 Email: SM.FS.GNFPAO@usda.gov

JOHNSON FIRE

Location: Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest Start Date: May 20, 2021 Size: 88420 acres
Cause: Lightning Vegetation: Timber with grass understory, pinyon and juniper woodlands, scrub and brush
Total Personnel: 156 Containment: 24%
Resources: 1 Type 1 handcrew, 4 Type 2 handcrews, 2 helicopters, 8 engines and 3 water tenders

SUMMARY: The Johnson Fire did not grow over the last 24 hours. The area around Seventy-Four Mountain on the west side of the fire was the only notable fire activity. Yesterday's operational successes included constructing water bars along hand line and trails, and removal of flagging and operational equipment that is no longer needed on the fire. Today's operational tasks will be finishing work in the Willow Creek area and breaking down the fire crew camp near the subdivision. All equipment and personnel will be leaving the Willow Creek spike camp by this evening. Crews will continue to monitor fire activity around 74 Mountain. A special operation to remove Gila trout from fire affected streams via helicopter is planned for tomorrow.

INCIDENT OBJECTIVES: Provide for firefighter and public safety and allow fire to play its natural role on the landscape. Values at risk are the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, White Creek Cabin, and sensitive aquatic species in the Gila Wilderness.

FIRE BEHAVIOR:

fire to use 062421 1083Photo of Mountain View Fire taken by Mary Alice Murphy from PA Road north of Silver CityBy Roger Lanse

The Silver City Fire Department was paged out to a structure fire at 209 Mountain View Road at about 6:20 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, 2021. According to SCFD Chief Milo Lambert, a single wide residence and about 20 vehicles were damaged in the blaze which may have started "most likely in some stored materials." Also damaged were a camp trailer and a utility trailer.

Lambert told the Beat that Whiskey Creek and Tyrone volunteer fire departments assisted in putting out the fire which had increased to about one acre in grass across the road and down the hill from the Nazarene Church. The Silver City Police Department provided traffic control for the shut-down road and protection for the fire hoses which were lying across the road.


bill harrison 1079Photo of Bill Harrison by Mary Alice Murphy       bill harrison birthday cake by john sterle  Photo of birthday cake courtesy of John StJames William "Bill" Harrison, a World War II Navy veteran, on June 23, 2021, celebrated his 99th birthday at the American Legion Hall, the day after his  birthday, because he had other events to attend on the actual day.James William "Bill" Harrison, a World War II Navy veteran, on June 23, 2021, celebrated his 99th birthday at the American Legion Hall, the day after his  birthday, because he had other events to attend on the actual day.

In the book, "God's Umbrella: Southwest New Mexico World War II Survivors" by this writer recounts what he described as more than three years of doing nothing of distinction in the Navy. He, however, did serve in Admiral Nimitz's staff and when he helped a resident of Tonga Island get his car started, he had the chance to meet the queen of Tonga, Salote Tabu. President William Henry Harrison was his great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.

By Mary Alice Murphy

Steve Charvira, Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce executive director, began with: "We're still dealing with 2020, but getting ready to breathe a sigh of relief."

He noted the chamber was working on the Independence Day weekend. "We have a dynamic committee, including Romeo Cruz and Cari Lemon. We are excited that we will have a parade this year."

Chavira said the parade route will begin at 12th and Pope, travel southward on Pope, turn left on College, right on Hudson, and right on Broadway up the hill to the courthouse, where the parade will end.

Chavira said the parade would feature four marshals. The Grand Marshal is World War II member of the 101st Airborne, Silver City resident Dan McBride. The other marshals will represent the education sector, first responders and the health care sector. Chavira noted that without the work of the latter three sectors, "we wouldn't have gotten through 2020."

On Friday, July 2, at the Western New Mexico University Fine Arts Center Theatre, a documentary, "A Rendezvous with Destiny," which features Dan McBride as one of the three remaining "Screaming Eagles" D-Day survivors, will air at 7 p.m.

Click to search the Beat Click to search the Beat

Get Updates Three Times a Week

Welcome to the Update! You will receive emails 3 times a week with links to recently posted articles.

captcha 

You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.