Black Fire Daily Update June 12, 2022

Firefighters Continue to Work in Hot, Dry, and Windy Conditions

Acres: 305,204 acres
Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences
Containment: 42%
Personnel: 1005
Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation
Fuels: Timber and tall grass
Structures Lost: 5

Road Closure: NM 152 is currently closed, from mileposts 40 (Kingston) to milepost 15 (San Lorenzo). No entry will be allowed. A portion of the Gila National Forest affected by the fire has been closed.

To learn about the current evacuation status for the Black Fire, please access the real-time, interactive evacuation map. or contact your local jurisdiction's emergency management agencies.

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Skates Fire Mimbres, 061122 PM

Incident Type Wildfire

Current as of6/11/2022, 7:49:52 PM

Location 13 miles northeast of Silver City, NM

Incident Commander Rocky Ahshapanek

Coordinates 32.965 latitude, -108.148 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel 140

Size 111 Acres

Outlook

Planned Actions

Full suppression

Continental Divide Trail reroute

Skates Wildfire
Announcements – 42 min. ago

 Due to fire activity hikers will need to reroute their trip on the CDT at  Township 16 S, Range 13 W, Section 13. This is where FS 855 intersects thereby allowing people to reroute via the road to the north and west or Trail 100 Allie Canyon to the east.

New Fire Reported Burning in the Mimbres Area

On Friday evening (June 10, 2022) a new fire was reported to be burning near Redstone (Wilderness Ranger District) in the Gila National Forest approximately 3 miles south of the Celebration Forest Service Fire Camp in the Mimbres area of Grant County. U.S. Forest Service Fire Officials confirmed this new fire and estimated its size at 80 acres at that time. As of this morning, June 11, 2022 the fire has grown to an estimated 140 acres in size. Lightning is suspected as the cause.

As this fire is outside of the current Black Fire Management Zone, it has been named as the "Skates Fire" and will be actively fought. Plans are for this fire to be aggressively suppressed, significant resources are being assigned to it, including aircraft.

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Black Fire Daily Update June 11, 2022

Black Fire Receives Minimal Rain

Acres: 304,550 acres
Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences
Containment: 42%
Personnel: 1009
Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation
Fuels: Timber and tall grass
Structures Lost: 5

Road Closure: NM 152 is currently closed, from mileposts 40 (Kingston) to milepost 15 (San Lorenzo). No entry will be allowed. A portion of the Gila National Forest affected by the fire has been closed.

To learn about the current evacuation status for the Black Fire, please access the real-time, interactive evacuation map. or contact your local jurisdiction's emergency management agencies.

The Black Fire has not received much rain from the passing storms, but it did increase relative humidity levels for a short time. Containment line was added in the Hermosa area and there was fire growth in the Granite Peak area.

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Adam Fire started with lightning 060922

The Adam Fire is at 40 acres, but because an air tanker, likely gathering retardant at the Grant County Airport, is reportedly fighting it, as are at least one crew and a truck, perhaps it will soon be contained.

It is approximately 7.5 miles from the Catwalk Recreation area and about 12 miles north of the Gila Cliff Dwellings, according to Google Earth. It seemingly began in an old burn scar, likely the Whitewater-Baldy complex of 2012, which once had the record for the largest fire in the state.

The record for the largest fire in the state is now the Calf Canyon Fire, which began from a Forest Service pile burn that got out of control. Calf Canyon stands today at 319, 841 acres, with 67 percent containment. It pushed Whitewater-Baldy, at more than 297,000 acres to second place, but the Black Fire has beat out Whitewater-Baldy for second place, with 300,336 acres.

 

addendum: Black Fire Daily Update June 10, 2022

Black Fire is Officially the Second Largest Wildfire in New Mexico History 

Addendum: In case readers wonder which held second largest fire in NM, prior to the Black Fire, it was the 2012 Whitewater-Baldy Fire, which burned more than 297,845 acres in the Gila National Forest.

Acres: 300,336 acres
Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences
Containment: 42%
Personnel: 947
Start Date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Cause: Human-caused, under investigation
Fuels: Timber and tall grass
Structures Lost: 5

Road Closure: NM 152 is currently closed, from mileposts 40 (Kingston) to milepost 15 (San Lorenzo). No entry will be allowed. A portion of the Gila National Forest affected by the fire has been closed.

To learn about the current evacuation status for the Black Fire, please access the real-time, interactive evacuation map. or contact your local jurisdiction's emergency management agencies.

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Memorial Day 053022 - Photos by Frank Kenney

Frank Kenney is a master at candid photographic portraiture. He took these photos at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery on Memorial Day May 30, 2022.

New fireworks proclamation for Hurley

By Lynn Janes

Hurley held a public hearing June 7, 2022, to obtain input from the residents about the fireworks proclamation the town would be passing.

Attendance to the meeting included Mayor Ed Stevens, councilors Nanette Day, Freddie Rodriquez and Mateo Madrid. Mayor pro tem Richard Maynes came in shortly after the meeting started.

Stevens said the council needed to decide what to ban or not to ban with the public’s input. The council and some residents discussed the different types and what hazard they could be. Day said she had seen rockets that could go into trees and start fires. Lori Ortiz, city clerk, pointed out that the proclamation stated where the fireworks could be used. She also told the council this proclamation would have to be renewed every thirty days.

Stevens asked the police chief Steven Gallegos for his input. He said no matter if you ban certain fireworks or not the residents will do it anyway. “We can cite them but only if we actually see them doing it.” In all his years in the area people have set off banned fireworks anyway. He did say that in his last three to four years in Grant County he has not seen a big problem.

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