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At the time of this report, the Black Fire located north of Black Canyon, west of Forest Road 150, and 24 miles north of Mimbres in Grant County, has covered 93,014 acres with 0% containment, an increase of over 15,600 acres in 24 hours.
Gila National Forest has implemented forest-wide Stage 2 Fire Restrictions to reduce human-caused wildfires during this period of high fire danger and persistent severe fire weather conditions. Under Stage 2 fire restrictions, various activities are now prohibited, and violations are punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment for not more than six months. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire including charcoal and briquettes is now prohibited. Smoking is prohibited unless in a specified area. Other actions and activities that are not allowed include welding, blasting, operating torches, and possessing or using a motor vehicle off of National Forest System roads except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway, or parking overnight in Forest Service developed campgrounds and trailheads. In addition, operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine is prohibited between the hours of 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. The order shall remain in effect until December 31st, 2022, or until rescinded, whichever comes first. The full Order containing all the restrictions and maps can be viewed on the Gila National Forest website under Alerts and Notices. https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gila/alerts-notices
In other important forest news, The Gila National Forest has issued an area closure for the Black Fire located 24 miles north of Mimbres to assure the protection of public health and safety during fire suppression activities. According to a news release, the closure prohibits members of the public from entering the restricted area, including the section of the Continental Divide Trail listed in the order. Violation of the closure is a Class B misdemeanor. Further information may be obtained at the Gila National Forest Supervisor’s office in Silver City, telephone number 575-388-8201. Black Fire information is posted on the Gila National Forest website https://www.fs.usda.gov/gila , , https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ and https://nmfireinfo.com/
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