The Silver Fire burns in the Gila National Forest to the east of Silver City and Bayard. The fire is suspected of being  started by lightning on June 7, about 7 miles Southwest of Kingston.

This fire is one of 44 active fires in the United States right now.

As of June 19 at 9 a.m. MDT, 538 total personnel are involved in containment efforts. The 30,300-acre fire is only 5 percent contained, meaning 95 percent is still actively burning. Active suppression tactics are being hindered by “extremely rough terrain,” and a great deal of fuel. Among the unburned fuel in the area are dry, beetle-killed trees. Point protection efforts are being focused around roads and structures near the hazard area. It is expected that without wetting rains, the fire could double in size in the next 21 days. Currently, fire managers are expecting the smoke to continue to build as the weather gets warmer.


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