Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
A new fire was sparked on the Gila Wilderness during yesterday’s storms. The Copperas Fire is currently 10 acres in size. The fire is burning west of Highway 15 and south of the Clinton P. Anderson Scenic Overlook on the Wilderness Ranger District. Values at risk include human health, powerlines that serve the community of Gila Hot Springs and the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Crews have been dispatched via helicopter and full suppression is the strategy for this fire.
The Round Fire on the Aldo Leopold Wilderness is 7,269 acres in size and 10% contained. The fire is being managed for multiple resource objectives. An aerial reconnaissance will occur today and acreage will be updated later this week. There are no area, road or trail closures relating to the Round Fire at this time.
There has been a waterline break at the Dipping Vat Campground. Staff are currently working to locate the leak and repair it, but forest visitors are advised not to anticipate having water available before the 4th of July. If you plan on visiting the Dipping Vat Campground this weekend, please take water for drinking and for putting out campfires.
Members of the Grant County 4-H Club recently competed in the District Competition in Socorro. A number of teams scored well, and the results include first place finishes in Junior Livestock Judging Team and High point individual, the Novice Rifle Team and high point individual, high point individual in novice archery and several other high scores. Congratulations to these competitors. Full results are posted on our website at SilverCityRadio.com.
Local Luna County 4-Hers also fared well at the Southwest District Competition. The Entomology Team took first place, the Rifle team took second, and in individual scores Luna County 4-H members claimed top honors in Fashion Revue, Entomology, and Public Speaking, along with other high scores. Congratulations to these students.