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Location: western side of Burros Mountains, in Park Canyon and Kelly Chimney Canyon, Grant County, NM

Start Date: June 20, 2021 Size: ~100 acres Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: Pinyon Juniper and grass Total Personnel: 16
Containment: 0%

Resources: 3 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, and 1 Type 2 Initial Attack Crew

Summary: The strategy for this fire is full suppression with a confine and contain strategy, to protect the private inholdings along the Redrock Road, and limit impacts to range infrastructure. There has been no growth on the west and south side of the fire. Resources worked on the east and northeast side of the fire to stop fire spread using a Type 1 helicopter with ground resources working the fire's edge. The 5000-acres Bar 6 Prescribed Fire (2021) will limit fire spread to the east and help limit impacts to the Oak Grove subdivision.

Objectives : Provide for public and firefighter safety. Protect private inholdings and range infrastructure.

Weather: Hot and dry conditions are expected this afternoon and for the next 2-5 days. No moisture is predicted for the upcoming week other than isolated thunderstorms.

Announcement: If you visit the Gila National Forest, remember that fire danger is very high and Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect. For detailed information, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gila/alerts-notices

Tuesday June 22, 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: 87,551 acres
Cause: Lightning Vegetation: Timber with grass understory, Pinyon and juniper woodlands, scrub, and brush
Total Personnel: 153 Containment: 11% Resources: 1 Type 1 handcrew, 3 Type 2 handcrews, 3 helicopters, 8 engines and 3 water tenders

SUMMARY: Structure assessment continues in the Willow Creek subdivision. A contingency line is being constructed around the Willow Creek subdivision should the fire progress in that direction. The northern side of the fire continues to hold on the West Fork of the Gila River and is being patrolled by horseback. The northeast side of the fire has been secured and crews will begin removing equipment. On the southeast flank, backing fire was observed in Water Canyon as the fire continued down toward the Gila River drainage. The southern side of the fire is backing into Hidden Pasture Meadow through timber and is exhibiting moderate fire behavior into Turkey Creek towards its confluence with the Gila River. As the southwest side continued to back down Mogollon Creek it has reached Seventy-Four Mountain. An additional helicopter with an external bucket arrived on the fire today.

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

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

CLOSURE:

By Roger Lanse

Grant County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an outlying Grant County address on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in reference to a female advising she believed her juvenile daughter had sex with an older male. According to a GCSO press release, when deputies arrived on scene and following a brief investigation, they forwarded the case to their criminal investigation division.

As a result of the CIDs investigation, Sergio Humberto Denogean, 20, of Deming, was charged with four counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, second degree felonies; two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, third degree felonies; and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a fourth degree felony.

Denogean was arrested with assistance from the Deming Police Department and booked into the Luna County Detention Center. LCDC staff told the Beat Denogean was released at 11 a.m. on the 22nd for transport to the Grant County Detention Center as the offenses occurred in Grant County. According to the press release, Homeland Security Investigation Division is also assisting as more charges may follow.

Four additional COVID-19 deaths

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Tuesday announced 100 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

29 new cases in Bernalillo County
3 new cases in Catron County
1 new case in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
10 new cases in Doña Ana County
4 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Guadalupe County
2 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in McKinley County
4 new cases in Otero County
2 new cases in Rio Arriba County
1 new case in Roosevelt County
3 new cases in Sandoval County
12 new cases in San Juan County
5 new cases in San Miguel County
4 new cases in Santa Fe County
2 new cases in Taos County
3 new cases in Torrance County
11 new cases in Valencia County

The Department of Health on Tuesday reported four additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

Ten additional COVID-19 deaths - Saturday, June 19, Sunday June 20, and Monday, June 21

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 264 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:

55 new cases in Bernalillo County
2 new cases in Chaves County
1 new case in Cibola County
32 new cases in Curry County
1 new case in De Baca County
27 new cases in Doña Ana County
6 new cases in Eddy County
2 new cases in Grant County
4 new cases in Guadalupe County
44 new cases in Lea County
1 new case in Los Alamos County
2 new cases in Luna County
3 new cases in McKinley County
3 new cases in Quay County
6 new cases in Rio Arriba County
6 new cases in Roosevelt County
7 new cases in Sandoval County
15 new cases in San Juan County
4 new cases in San Miguel County
11 new cases in Santa Fe County
7 new cases in Taos County
3 new cases in Torrance County
1 new case in Union County
7 new cases in Valencia County
8 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center
6 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County Detention Facility

The Department of Health on Monday reported ten additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:

By Mary Alice Murphy

A special meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity took place on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

The main item on the agenda was to discuss and approve or disapprove changes to the final draft third amendment to the JPA of the NM CAP Entity.

Howard Hutchinson, representing the San Francisco Soil and Water Conservation District noted that he thought there were procedural items that needed to be addressed. "The bylaws have to be amended before we can approve the amended joint powers agreement. According to the bylaws, there has to be 30-day notice to all parties before the JPA can be amended."

Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez said if they amended the bylaws, it would still require 30 days notice before amending the JPA.

Hutchinson noted that there is only a suggestion in the JPA about terminating a party, but the bylaws have no provision for removing a party. He also noted that it requires two-thirds of the membership to amend the bylaws. A provision added to the JPA states that if a party does not reply to the amendment, it sets up a means by which the members can remove a party, but the bylaws don't allow removal of a party.

Location: western side of Burros Mountains, in Park Canyon and Kelly Chimney Canyon, Grant County, NM

Start Date: June 20, 2021 Size: ~200-300 acres Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: Pinyon Juniper and grass Total Personnel: 15
Containment: 0%

Resources: 2 Type 6 and 1 Type 4 engines

Summary: The strategy for this fire is full suppression with a confine and contain strategy, to protect the private inholdings along the Redrock Road, and limit impacts to range infrastructure. Due to the rugged terrain, firefighters are using a mix of direct and indirect tactics to contain the fire and protect values at risk. Today, firefighters will work to keep the fire north of the Redrock Road and scout opportunities to engage the fire south of Bullard Peak. The 5000-acres Bar 6 Prescribed Fire (2021) will limit fire spread to the east and help limit impacts to the Oak Grove subdivision.

Objectives :

Location: Johnson Canyon, west of McKenna Park. 3 miles west of Gila Cliff Dwellings, Wilderness Ranger District, Catron County, NM

Start Date: May 20, 2021 Size: ~85,590 acres Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine and Grass Total Personnel: 153 Containment: 9%

Resources: 1 Interagency Hotshot crews, 1 handcrew module, 1 Type 2 Initial Attack crew, 8 Type 6 Engines, 3 Water Tenders, and 2 Type 3 Helicopters.

Announcement: If you visit the Gila National Forest, remember that fire danger is very high and Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect. For detailed information, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gila/alerts-notices.

Summary: Crews remain actively engaged on the northwest side improving lines and conducting structure assessments in the Willow Creek area. The northern side of the fire is being monitored by horseback. Crews will mop-up small heat signatures within the northeast corner of the fire. The southeast flank along Hell and Water Canyons remains active as it approaches the Gila River. The southern flank of the fire is being monitored by air.

Objectives: Provide for public and firefighter 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, with flanking, creeping, and backing.

Closures:

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