Fire Report 062718:
The Ranch Fire that began on June 21st and is located 4 miles north of Saliz Pass in the Gila National Forest, and has affected the areas of Mogollon, Alma, Mineral Creek, Pleasanton, Glenwood, and Brushy Mountain. The fire has covered 370 acres, is utilizing 102 personnel, and 75% contained. Navopache Electric Cooperative completed rebuilding the distribution line damaged in the Ranch Fire. They have lost 6 structures and an additional 2 crossarms. Yesterday, minimal fire behavior was observed and crews are continuing to hold and mop up the fire perimeter. US Highway 180 is open and drivers are asked to use caution when traveling through the affected area. The Gila National Forest remains in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions and fire danger is still rated as VERY HIGH. 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 87%. The Apache Campground is open to the public but all other closures regarding the Buzzard Fire remain the same. Fire crews are continuing to hold and secure lines and backhaul supplies from spike camps. Due to rough terrain, the southern portion of the fire will not be contained until after substantial rainfall occurs over the fire area.
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 them on Twitter @GilaNForest.