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The Gila National Forest has moved to “High Fire Danger” status. A fire danger rating of “High” is defined as “all dead fuels ignite readily, and fires start easily from most causes.” As a result, unattended brush and campfires are likely to escape and spread rapidly, becoming serious and difficult to control. Residents and visitors should be vigilant if high winds, rising temperatures, and avoid using anything with an open flame or spark. In addition, if mowing grass, use a string style trimmer instead of a lawn mower as the blades may strike rocks and cause a spark. Make certain that chainsaws have a spark arrestor, that trailer chains are not dragging, and that all cigarettes are extinguished in an ashtray. Please report fires and abandoned campfires to the Silver City Interagency Dispatch at 1-800-538-1644. For more information, visit the Gila National Forest page on Facebook.

U.S Senator, Martin Heinrich, visited Silver City yesterday and announced new legislation to launch a new Civilian Climate Corps. According to a release, the establishment of a new Civilian Climate Corps will provide jobs for rebuilding infrastructure and help grow the outdoor economy. Some of the possible projects include, efforts to conserve and restore public lands, protect biodiversity, and enhance ecological resilience. The Civilian Conservation Corps was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt 88 years ago, serving as a national program that employed millions of Americans to complete conservation projects across the county during the Great Depression.

The Grant County Extension Service is offering a free event via Zoom titled, “Ask the Extension Agent” on Thursday, April 22nd from 12 Noon to 1:00 P.M. This program will allow participants to ask question about, trees, plants, bugs, gardening, cattle, pigs, lambs, and much more. For more information and the registration link, visit Individuals with a disability in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, may contact, Jessica Swapp, in Grant County Extension office at 575-388-1559.