GILA NATIONAL FOREST, NM — A lightning ignited wildfire was sparked on Thursday, May 20th around 00:00 hours, about 11 miles west of Gila Cliff Dwellings in Johnson Canyon, west of McKenna Park in Catron County, New Mexico.

Hell's Canyon Fire Module
Credit: USFS


CURRENT STATUS — The fire has burn 26,446 acres of timber (grass and understory) and tall grass. Currently, the fire behavior is moderate with flanking, backing and running.

STAFFING — There are 69 firefighters assigned to this fire along with one Interagency Hotshot Crew, one ten-person Handcrew, three ten-person Wildfire Modules, one Water Tender, and one Type 3 Helicopter. 

FIRE OPERATIONS — Yesterday, crews continued to hold and improve fireline in Trail Creek Canyon and the West Fork Gila River. Additionally, crews scouted the lower West Fork Gila River and EE Canyon for future operations. The plan for today is to continue prepping the trail in EE Canyon, and to hold and secure fire as it moves towards the West Fork Gila River. Crews will start prep around White Creek Cabin to minimize fire behavior on the western edge of the fire. – USFS

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