Here’s a look at today’s headlines:

The lightning-caused Spur fire on the Quemado Ranger District has grown to approximately 27 acres as of 3 pm yesterday afternoon.  It was reported by the Eagle Peak Lookout on Saturday.  The Gila Las Cruces Zone 3 Incident Management Team is managing the fire under a confine/contain strategy within an established area north of Reserve.  Fire activity has been characterized as a surface fire burning in ponderosa pine and grass with flame lengths of less than one foot.

The Silver City Ranger District is keeping the Silver and Signal Fire closure order in effect this season due to health and safety concerns from hazard trees and lack of drainage features along the Signal Peak Road, Lockney Road and Continental Divide Trail.  Over 1,200 hazard trees were identified this spring that have died and need to be removed before the order will be lifted.

The Gila National Forest is proposing a project to restore, maintain and improve forested conditions on approximately 185,570 acres on the Quemado Ranger District.  The Luna Restoration Project is part of the larger Escudilla Landscape, a 270,470-acre landscape planning area that extends across both the Apache-Sitgreaves and Gila National Forests.  Objectives for the Luna Restoration Project include reducing the impacts of high severity fire, improving watersheds that are not properly functioning, continuing to make available the wide range of forest products that are important to local communities, providing opportunities for OHV use and improving rangeland, wildlife, aquatic and riparian habitat within the planning area.

Beginning Friday, May 27th at 8 am until completed, volunteers are needed to place over 4,000 flags, one at each individual gravesite at the Fort Bayard National Cemetery.  Volunteers are also needed to remove them on Tuesday, May 31st beginning at 8 am.  It is strongly recommended to bring a cordless drill with at least a four inch bit, or a hammer and stake at least four inchest long to make it easier to penetrate the dirt.  Call Joseph Trujillo at 519-9172 for further information.

Don’t forget about the “Advertising your Small Business” marketing clinic that will be held this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Small Business Development Center.  Sabrina Pack will talk about how to define and develop the local brand for small-medium business for profit and non-profit by using cross-marketing platforms.  You can reserve your space by calling 538-6342.  That’s 538-6342.