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The United States Forest Service is reporting today that the “Tadpole Fire” is approximately 6,017 acres at 15 % containment. The protection point on the east side of the fire is to keep the fire on the east side of NM Highway 15 with Sheep Corral Road as the northern boundary of the fire. Prep on Sheep Corral Road and NM Hwy 15 has been completed to secure containment lines. 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

 At the time of this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced 9,367 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases. There have been 250,880 tests performed statewide, 183 current COVID-19 related hospitalizations, and 3,380 cases designated as having recovered according to the Department of Health.  In addition, sadly there has been 420 COVID-19 related deaths recorded statewide. Positive COVID-19 cases in Grant County rose one to 16 with 2,044 tests administered, Luna County increasing rose to 20 cases and 1715 tests administered, Catron County remaining at 2 with 115 tests administered, and Hidalgo County with 1 confirmed case and 314 tests administered.

Forest Service Officials have announced that four more recreation sites will be reopening soon after factoring state and local health and safety guidelines, seasonal availability and facility conditions. The sites that will be reopening are:

  • Wolf Hollow Campground on Black Range Ranger District,
  • Forks Campground on the Wilderness Ranger District
  • Juniper and Piñon Campgrounds on Quemado Ranger District

All of these campgrounds are on a first-come first serve basis and have a 14-day stay limit for all campsites. In addition, there is a campfire ban that includes igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, including charcoal grills, barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves. Violating the campfire ban may result in an appearance in federal court, fines, and possible time in jail. Visitors will still be able to use pressurized liquid or gas devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) with shut-off valves, in an area at least three feet from any flammable materials.

Governor Lujan-Grisham announced that breweries will be allowed to operate at 50% maximum occupancy for outdoor and patio seating starting today. In addition, starting Monday, June 15th, breweries can expand to operate at 50% maximum occupancy for indoor seating.

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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