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The Gila National Forest has online information available regarding air quality. There are two air quality monitors in place that help protect the public’s health during fire season. The website has excellent information under the header “About Smoke Monitoring/Air Quality Index.”  The monitors currently in place are at the Wilderness Ranger District and in the Burros at the volunteer fire department on the Redrock Road, and are USFS 1073 and USFS 1076, respectively. For additional information regarding Interagency Real Time Smoke Monitoring, visit or join the conversation on Facebook.

For the first time in Grant County, 4H youths have been selected to be ambassadors for the 4-H Livestock Program. Several youths applied for the limited positions of beef, sheep/goat, and swine ambassadors. Each applicant provided an industry issue that they would like to address as an ambassador. In addition, each provided a letter of recommendation from an individual not related to their family. Congratulation to the following 4-H Ambassadors:

  • Beef – Kylee Jones
  • Sheep and Goat – Lizzy McDonald
  • Swine – Kayleigh Massengill

The new Ambassadors will be present at all youth livestock events if permitted due to COVID 19 restrictions.

Catron County is hosting New Mexico’s very first Wildfire Preparedness Fair on April 30th and May 1st. There will be information available to homeowners on how to prepare for the wildfire season, including tips on how to make homes fire safe. Multiple agencies will be participating in the event that include: U.S. Forest Service; State Forestry Department; New Mexico State Police; New Mexico State Fire Marshals; NMFPA; Catron County Fire and local law enforcement. Various topics will be covered that include preparing for evacuation, preparing the home for wildfire season, and providing a familiarity with local agencies. The public is invited to attend the event on Friday, April 30th at the Catron County Fair Building on Reserve from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and Saturday, May 1st at the Pie Town Park in Pie Town from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. For more information, contact Catron County Fire Administration at 575-533-6498.