Here’s a look at some local news:
The “Little Fire” that started on July 29th, is burning on National Forest System Lands on the Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest, in Catron County, more specifically located 4 ½ miles west of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. It has been determined the fire was lightning caused and at the time of this report has covered 222 acres. The strategy for this fire is to monitor. In addition, the “Wagonbed Fire” is burning on National Forest System Lands on the Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest, in Sierra County. The fire was lightning caused and has covered 322 acres. The strategy for this fire is full suppression.
In a news release from PNM, customers are being warned of a phone scam that has been reported around the state. Individuals claiming to be with PNM are threatening to disconnect their electricity unless a payment is made over the phone using pre-paid gift cards Some of the scammers have figured out a way to add a false PNM caller ID name appear and have similar recorded on-hold messaging when customers call the number back. They often target customers on Fridays, threatening disconnection of service over the weekend unless payment is made within a small window of time. However, PNM does not disconnect on weekends or holidays. PNM is working with the FBI regarding this matter. Residents should report details of these scams to PNM at 888-DIAL-PNM and also contact local law enforcement.
The Gila National Forest has received reports of bear tracks located around Little Walnut and Signal Peak in the Silver City area. According to a release, as grasses and water sources dry out, prey animals, such as deer and elk, move to lower levels searching for forage and water, bringing large predators down to lower levels looking for food and water as well. As a quick reminder, they urge residents to not feed pets outside; avoid leaving standing water outside; keep trash in an enclosed area or in a bear proof container; and if you’re hiking in the forest, be aware of your surroundings and carry bear spray.