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The United States Forest Service at the time of this report has announced that the “Tadpole Fire” is approximately 7,500 acres at 30 % containment with 170 personnel working on the fire. According to an official release, the fire increased by 700 acres yesterday. In addition, crews supported by engines performed hand ignition along the NM Hwy 15 corridor in order to strengthen the holding line.  Aerial ignitions were performed over the interior of the fire to minimize adverse fire effects in timber stands. Crews continue to hold and strengthen containment lines along the north and east flanks. As the fire backs down from Texas Mountain the focus will shift to securing the NM Hwy 15 corridor. The fire will continue to back down Wilson Creek, however, the fire is NOT established in or near Bear Creek. Residents of Grant County may experience increased smoke impacts from the Tadpole fire and other regional fires. The Gila National Forest has issued a closure order for the area encompassing the Tadpole Fire. The order remains in effect until August 30th, or until rescinded. Additionally, NM Hwy 15 will remain closed until further notice, refer to NM 511 for more information.

At the time of this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a total 10,153 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases with 4,439 individuals reported as totally recovered. There have been 280,175 tests performed statewide and current hospitalizations have dropped to 157. In addition, Luna County has risen to 44 cases with 1,897 tests administered. Catron, Grant and Hidalgo counties have remined the same.

The Gila National Forest will be reopening three more developed recreation sites this weekend. The sites that will be reopening are Ben Lilly Campground on the Reserve District, and Juniper and Piñon Campgrounds on Quemado Ranger District. The Piñon and Juniper Campgrounds will not have potable water available nor will the dump site be open. There is a fee associated with using these two campgrounds. There is a campfire ban prohibiting igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, including charcoal grills, barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves. Check the Gila National Forest website for specific recreation sites prior to traveling or making plans.

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