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The United States Forest Service is reporting today that the “Tadpole Fire” is approximately 5,127 acres at 0% containment. There continues to be air operations with helicopters and airtankers on standby. The protection point on the east side of the fire is to keep the fire east of NM Highway 15 and Sheep Corral Road as the northern boundary of the fire. The prep on Sheep Corral Road and NM Highway 15 has been completed to secure containment lines. Today’s activities included the use of unmanned aircraft systems also known as drones for mapping and visualization.
Containment roads remain the same as yesterday and include:
- New Mexico Highway 15 on the east
- The East side of Moore Canyon on the south
- Sheep Corral Road on the North
- West side is being scouted for further containment
For fire information, you may call 575-313-4678, seven days a week from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. For more information on air quality, visit https://nmtracking.org/environment/air/FireAndSmoke.html
At the time of this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced 9,250 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases with 245,557 tests performed statewide. The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Grant, Luna, Hidalgo and Catron counties have not changed.
Seasonal natural resource staff of the Gila National Forest are alerting the pubic of rabies after dead foxes were discovered in the forest. In addition, there have been two reported positive cases of rabies in Grant County found in foxes. So far this year, there have been a total of nine confirmed cases in New Mexico. According to a release, rabies is a fatal but preventable viral disease. It can spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal. In the United States, rabies is mostly found in wild animals like bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. Never approach an animal that appears sick or overly friendly. If you find a dead animal do not touch it and report all sightings to New Mexico Department of Game and Fish at 505-532-2100 or New Mexico State Health Department at 505-827-0006. When hiking in the forest, it is recommended that you keep your dog on a leash so it will not chase or have any encounters with wildlife.
Make sure to tune in weekdays to Silver City Radio each morning in the 10:00 hour for a fire update from the U.S Forest Service Gila National Forest. Silver City Radio is working hard to keep you informed with the latest news.
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