Lightning Strikes, Wildfire Ignites | 1

Incident Summary |  Lightning struck the area on John Kerr Peak, about 17 miles NW of the Reserve Catron County on May 1, 2017.  The Kerr Fire is actively burning in the Reserve Ranger District in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.

Fire Fuels | Ponderosa pine, gamble oak and pinyon-juniper.

Acreage | 550 acres.  0% containment status.

Command | IC-4 unit currently.  An IC-3 unit will arrive and take command on Friday, May 5, 2017, at 0600 hours.

photo of fire showing backing behavior

Resources | 3 engines. 26 personnel.

Current Fire Status | Expect fire to continue to grow to north and east as burning operations proceed on FR 289. Expecting 100-200 acre of growth. Tomorrow, aerial ignition will begin in the interior, and expecting more growth.

Fire behavior is moderate with creeping and single tree torching.

Assets Threatened | The Continental Divide trail (Located East of the fire), Range improvement infrastructure and the Spotted Owl.Fire Activities | Monitor fire spread and behavior. Prep and burn out FR 289 as needed and begin aerial ignition in the interior of the management area.

Fire Image | Courtesy of Inciweb.

Social Media | Hashtags #NMwildfire2017  #KerrFire

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