Here’s a look at some local news:

According the latest report from the Gila National Forest, the Apache Fire that started by lightning on September the 4th, is encompassing 163 acres and is located on the southwest slope of Apache Mountain, at approximately 8,500 feet elevation. The fire is located in very steep, 90-100% slope, and inaccessible terrain.  The fire is currently burning in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine with heavy amounts of down and dead material. Fire growth remains primarily to the southeast, with some growth upslope towards the east. Today, the plan was to begin burning in the interior of the fire to clean up pockets of dead and down. This burn-out operation will create increased smoke. The 10-person Escondido Wildland Fire Module and the seven-person NM State engine are on scene and assisting with this incident.  Due to fire location and vegetation it is burning in, a considerable amount of moisture will be needed to put the fire out.  It is anticipated the Apache Fire will be a long duration event.

The Bayard City Council has approved an ordinance that will allow the use of recreational off-road vehicles on Bayard city streets. According to the ordinance, ROV’s are not permitted on Highway 180 or Highway 356 except to cross. In addition, ROV’s are not allowed to be driven on private property following along the highway or going between Bayard and Santa Clara. Police Chief Lee Alirez, is hoping to have a prepared education campaign for the public. All drivers of ROVs must be licensed and anyone under 18 must have completed the New Mexico Game and Fish on-line off-road safety course.

The Deming Headlight reports that four new firefighters were sworn in by the City of Deming Mayor, Benny Jasso during Monday’s City Council meeting. Members of the new Deming Fire Department crew are: Christian Montelongo; Eric Jimenez; Emmanuel Flores; and Rigo Garcia. Congratulations to the new fire crew in Deming!