Fire Report 061818
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Regarding the Buzzard Fire that started on May 22nd, located 10 miles NE of Reserve in the Gila National Forest. According to the last report, the fire has covered 47,370 acres, is utilizing 212 personnel and has a containment of 82%. Even though recent rains dampened much of the fire over the last few days, a few pockets of heat were observed in Kiehne and Perry Canyons. Firefighters will monitor these areas and look for opportunities to secure the fire’s edge. Crews continue to patrol control lines for hot spots, look for opportunities to secure the fire and mop up in the southwest portion. Fire suppression repair and rehabilitation continues along control lines. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team will begin emergency treatments to protect life, property, natural and cultural resources. Initial attack crews will respond to new fire starts. Today, the BAER team will begin projects such as removing debris from roadside ditches, culverts and water diversion ditches on roads within and surrounding the fire. Additionally, stream channels will be cleared of woody debris. These treatments will allow for the free flow of water runoff after heavy rain storms and reduce the chances of erosion and downstream flooding. A warming, and drying trend will dominate the weather this week. Temperatures in the mid 80’s are expected, with minimum relative humidity being between 8-10%. Zero changes of rain throughout the week. Winds will be light and breezy.
Remember, smoke from fire rises up and away during the daytime, but in the evening smoke can pool back down in canyons, drainages, and basins. For information on air quality and protecting your health, and to find guidance on distances and visibility, please visit nmtracking.org/fire.
For more on these fires, check out nmfireinfo.com. We have information posted on our website as we receive it and will post on silvercityradio.com, with additional links for you to receive information from the forest service.
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