Here’s a look at today’s headlines:
The lightning-caused Spur Fire on the Quemado Ranger District of the Gila National Forest is still approximately 1,512 acres. Tuesday’s burn out along Toriette Lake Road was completed to stop fire spread to the east. This provides confinement to the east and joins the Spur Fire south to the 2006 Wilson Fire boundary where fuel is sparse. The fire continues to the south where it is likely to stall on the light fuels and rock bluffs on the south aspect of Dillon Mountain.
A new fire was reported yesterday afternoon on the Glenwood Ranger District. Gila National Forest fire crews are taking suppression actions on the Mule Fire, located 13 miles southwest of Glenwood and estimated at 5 pm yesterday at four acres. Structures are threatened. A crew and an airtanker were on scene with additional resources assigned to include one engine, air attack and a hotshot crew.
The Silver City Masonic Lodge #8 supported the Grant County 4-H Shooters with a donation of $500 and a case of 22 LR ammo. The group goes through approximately 800 rounds per week in preparation for State and National competition. The funds will be used throughout the year to purchase items needed to help their goals of again representing Grant County and New Mexico.
The Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County Incorporated received a check for $5,000 from the Loyal order of the Moose, Lodge 2088 and its Bowinkle Casino.
The annual Aldo Leopold Kid’s Fishing Derby at Lake Roberts in the Gila National Forest is back and bigger than ever according to a release from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The lake has been stocked with some record-breaking, native Gila trout just in time for the event on Saturday. The fishing derby is for children, but the lake is open to fishing for anglers of all ages on Free fishing day. The record Gila Trout weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and 20-inches in length was caught in the Gila River in 2007. Some record breaking, retired brood stock will be put into the lake just before the derby this weekend.