Fire Report 061218:
The Ranch Fire that began on June 21st and is located 4 miles north of Saliz Pass in the Gila National Forest, has covered 370 acres, is utilizing 102 personnel, and 75% contained. Crews will continue holding and mop up the entire fire perimeter. Fire resources will be assisting Navopache Power as they repair their damaged power line infrastructure. Pleasanton, Glenwood, and Brushy Mountain communication site have power provided by portable generator. US Highway 180 is open. Please use caution when traveling through the stretch of US Highway 180 affected by the fire. There will still be fire personnel utilizing the highway, along with the threat of rolling rock and debris. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Regarding the Buzzard Fire, that started on May 22nd, located 10 miles NE of Reserve in the Gila National Forest, has covered 50,296 acres, is utilizing 109 personnel and has a containment of 85%. Minimal fire behavior has been observed, crews will continue to monitor and mop up. Due to inaccessible terrain, the southern portion of the Buzzard fire perimeter will not be fully contained until substantial rainfall occurs over the fire area. The BAER Suppression repair work is also getting close to being completed, with the exception of removing hazard trees along the Eagle Peak road and FR 94 where there is high severity areas. The fire suppression repair and rehabilitation crews will continue to work a feller buncher removing roadside hazard trees, an excavator, and a dozer to construct water bars and pull material over control lines to aid in revegetation on the southeast side.
Fire Information: Fire information can be found at https://nmfireinfo.com/ and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5814/. For information on the Gila National Forest, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GilaNForest/ or follow us on Twitter @GilaNForest.