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The United States Forest Service Gila National Forest is reporting today that the “Tadpole Fire” is approximately 1000 acres and at 0% containment. There have been many air operations today including helicopters, air tankers and single engine tankers. Concerns for the present include heavy smoke and it is urged that residents refrain from outdoor activities and stay indoors in addition to closing all windows and turning off air conditioning systems that bring in smokey air from outside. The containment lines for this fire are as follows:
- 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
The fire is moving away from Pinos Altos in a northeasterly direction and is not moving towards any subdivision in Silver City. New Mexico Hwy 15 is closed from mile marker 10 to mile marker 25. 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.
Smoke from large fires impacts local air quality although the fire may be far away. The use of the 5-3-1 Visibility Method is suggested to protect your health from the hazards of smoke. This method is a health campaign created by the New Mexico Department of Health Environmental Public Health Tracking Program and its locally based state and federal partners specializing in air quality and wildfire management. During fires, if you can see about 5 miles, check visibility often and limit outdoor activity. If you can see 3 miles, minimize outdoor or activities or stay inside. If you can see for only 1 mile, stay inside. Your actions should be modified depending on age and existing health conditions. In addition, always check with the local agency for current fire restrictions before visiting public lands.
The Silver City Public Library has announced that is will reopen at 25% allowable occupancy on Tuesday, June 16th. In compliance with state public health orders, there will be 16 visitors allowed in the building at a time. The library will continue curbside service and their staff encourages the public to continue to use the library’s numerous online tools. Visit silver city public library dot org.
Tune in to Silver City Radio each morning for a fire update from the U.S Forest Service Gila National Forest.
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