The Wildfire Log | Elk Fire | NM | 1


JUNE 9, 2019 – SUNDAY – 1315 HOURS PDT

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The men and women are the faces behind fire suppression, containment and management of the fire. | Credit: Gila NF

Incident Summary

A wildfire started on June 6, 2019 is located six miles southeast of Mangus, New Mexico on the Gila National Forest of the Quemada Ranger District.

The cause has been determined to be a lightning sparked wildfire.

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Credit: Gila NF

Current Status

The IC has ordered a Type 2 team.

The fire was reported as 100 acres but has now increased to 250 acres with a 0% containment status.  It is moving up the Mangas Mountain from pinyon juniper grasslands to ponderosa pine to dry mixed conifer with aspen.

Fire behavior has been low to a moderate intensity with dead fallen trees and brush piles burning.

Hot Shot crews will continue to prepping communication sites, the lookout tower and helispots.  Challenges include lack of access, fire suppression and control.

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Credit: Gila NF

A Type 2 Southwest Incident Management Team (Dave Gesser, IC) will assume command on Monday, June 10th.

Conditions include: fire being in a remote location with rugged terrain with rocky and steep slopes, deep drainages and lava rock.


Resources include One Type 3 helicopter and a USFS engine along with Silver City IHC, Gila IHC and Escondido WFM.  The IC is Heath Barker with a ICT Type 3 team.

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