Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The Round Fire on the Aldo Leopold Wilderness of the Black Range Ranger District is currently 7,269 acres in size. The fire is 0% contained and is being managed for multiple resource objectives. The Round Fire was caused by lightning on June 6th, and is located near the Diamond Creek Drainage.
The National Weather Service is predicting widespread shower and thunderstorm activity this weekend and early next week. These storms are expected to produce heavy rains, hail, and strong winds. The wetting rains are expected to bring a significant reduction to fire danger in the short term. Typically the fire season ends around the 4th of July with the onset of the monsoon season, though officials at the Weather Service have not indicated whether or not the monsoons or setting up.
New Mexico State Police are investigating another unfortunate accident on I-10 near Lordsburg after a 25-car pile-up killed 6 people during a dust storm last week. On Saturday, Police responded to a 3-car crash near mile marker 11 – again believed to be caused by poor visibility due to blowing dust. 71-year old Jose Reyna of Alabama was pronounced deceased at the scene after colliding with another passenger car after it rear-ended a Commercial Motor Vehicle. The crash is still under investigation.
First American Bank of Silver City recently presented a check for $2,000 to Silver City Fire Chief Milo Lambert to help cover the cost of this year’s 4th of July Fireworks Show. The Show is sponsored by First American Bank and the Town of Silver City. Lambert reported the fireworks display this year will include more of the higher-shot shells and a new electronic firing system. The show begins at dusk on Tuesday, July 4th.