Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Round Fire on the Aldo Leopold Wilderness of the Black Range Ranger District is currently 6,062 acres in size with a total of 85 personnel responding. The fire is 0% contained and being managed for multiple resource objectives. There are no area, road or trail closures relating to the Round Fire at this time. The Public may experience smoky conditions if driving on FR 226 or Highway 59. Air quality reports are posted on inciweb.
The Corral Fire is estimated as 12,025 acres on the Gila Wlderness. The fires has burned to the edge of the East Fork of the Gila River and north to Diamond Creek. The strategy of the fire is to reduce live woody fuels, reduce fuel loads on the ground and improve forest health and watershed conditions. Smoke has been heavy for the past few days and is expected to continue.
The Straw Fire at 6,675 acres on the Gila Wilderness. The fire is about 2 miles east of the Gila Cliff Dwellings. The forest recommends extreme caution in smoky conditions and advises the use of Highway 35 as an alternative to reach the Cliff Dwellings. FR 150 is open to motorists, but the Forest Service advises the public to exercise caution and yield to fire vehicles as needed.
Ace Hardware celebrated 10 years in Silver City over the weekend with a parking lot party and ribbon cutting ceremony. The party included giveaways, a farmer’s market, a car show by the Copper Country Cruisers, lunch by the Grant County 4-H Club, special star cars and great deals throughout the store.
Law Enforcement officers from several local agencies blocked off a number of streets surrounding a Virginia Street address late Saturday afternoon and into the early hours of Sunday morning. At the scene, officers arrested Antonio Hernandez, 40, on a felony warrant and charges including fraud and receiving stolen property, forgery and identity theft.
New Mexico State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash just before 5 pm on Monday on State Road 9. A Commercial Motor Vehicle had a tie down restraint disengage from the load and go into a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. The driver and her passenger, both of Columbus, were injured in the crash. The passenger, Idalia Dominguez, 51, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at an El Paso hospital over the weekend. The crash is still under investigation, and the CMV driver may be unaware of the crash.