Here’s a look at some local news brought to you by Silver City Radio.

In Gila National Forest news, as of 6:00 A.M. this morning, the Black Fire has covered 296,895 acres with 45% containment. A total of 905 personnel is working the fire. According to the U.S Forest Service, as the Southwestern monsoon season draws nearer, thunderstorms are forecast for the next few days. These storms will increase relative humidity levels but are also expected to bring strong, gusty wind and dry lightning. In addition, a new fire camp is being established to the east of Hillsboro and the fire camps in Winston and Kingston will be closed. This allows for firefighters working in this area to have a shorter drive time, thereby providing safety for our firefighters. There is a Black Fire Community Meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday evening at 6:00 P.M. at the Black Range Lodge Hall in Kingston. View a video of the daily Black Fire Update and Plan in addition to current maps on the U.S. Forest Service Gila National Forest Facebook page.

The new Animal Control Officer in Lordsburg, Stephanie Helbig, has been awarded an ACO 1 and an ACO 2 scholarship from the National Animal Cruelity Association to become a certified City of Lordsburg Animal Control Officer. Congratulations, Stephanie Helbig, your veterinary and animal knowledge will be a great asset to the team and the Lordsburg community.

The New Mexico Department of Health is reminding residents of the dangers of heat-related illnesses and encourages staying hydrated and indoor whenever possible. Local temperatures are expected to remain high and increase into the weekend in most parts of the state. Be aware of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and the most serious being heat stroke. Consider checking on neighbors–especially those elderly–as they can be especially prone to heat-related illnesses. The DOH urges New Mexicans to never leave children, pets, or anyone in a parked car, even for a few minutes

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