New Mexico Wildfire: #BuzzardFire Burns in Reserve | 1

RESERVE, New Mex. – A human-caused wildfire named the Buzzard Fire started on May 22, 2018 that is located 10 miles NE of Reserve and north of the Eagle Peak Lookout on the Reserve Ranger District of the Gila National.

Nighttime burnout operations conducted late on Saturday, May 26. Photo by Matias Telles.

Nighttime burnout operations conducted on May 26, 2018. Photo Credit | USFS



  • 576 total personnel
  • IC is Steve Millert, SW IMT Team 4, Type 2


  • 11 crews
  • 14 engines
  • 5 helicopters

0600 AM briefing on Buzzard Fire

The men and women who have been working tirelessly meet for a 0600 briefing. Photo Credit | USFS


  • Northeastern head: Firefighters had winds to their backs secured fire line and halted the forward spread of fire
  • Southern side:  Winds pushed fire up hill to the west over Eagle Peak
Eagle Peak Lookout Observation Platform

Eagle Peak Lookout Observation platform. Photo Credit | USFS

  • Air Assets: Air tankers and helicopter water drops aiding in structure protection of the Lookout
  • Burnout operations aided in securing fire control lines to the west of Deadman’s Ranch
  • Southwestern side:  Firefighters are expected to implement burnout operations on the edge of the fire.


  • 29,727 acres of timber (litter, grass and understory) destroyed
  • 41 % containment status
  • Active fire behavior with uphill runs, group torching and short-range spottings
  • Fire weather forecasted as mild and moist with good RH recovery.


  • Fire weather created by this fire alone (fires can create heat from large fires that can change or create their own fire weather)
  • Winds shifted to an easterly direction, created a challenge to firefighters trying to protect Eagle Peak Lookout
  • Fire suppression being hampered by very dry conditions, gust winds and rugged terrain
  • $7.1 Million cost-to-date


Drone Awareness | Fire Officials cannot express how much this pains them to continue to warn the Public about Air Safety Awareness each time a wildfire happens and seeing the possibility of a drone flying in the fire zone.

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Please take this information to heart.  Drone Operators, nothing personally but if you fly in these areas, it will be.  Please #NoDronesInFireZones. Seriously, it is all about protecting the lives and properties of those that may be impacted by your decision-making.

  • Drones fly at the same elevation as air tankers which can cause a mid-air collision
  • If a Drone is present, all aircraft must land and wait for the air to be cleared of any hazards
  • If all aircraft have to land, this gives the fire more of an opportunity to grow and therefore put lives, property and ground firefighter lives in danger
  • Unauthorized flights over National Forest lands may be subject to civil penalties, including fines up to $27,500 and possible criminal prosecution.
  • Additionally, operators could lose their Drone altogether
  • Fire restrictions:

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1100 PDT / 1200 MDT