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

RESOURCES

Staffing:

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

Equipment:

  • 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

FIRE TACTICS

  • 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.

CURRENT STATUS

  • 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.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • 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

ALERT-WARNING-ALERT-WARNING

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:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts-notices/?aid=46143

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

New Mexico Wildfires Sit Rep | May 23, 2018

STATEWIDE, New Mex. – We are all about covering wildfire news for those that are burning anyplace in the United States to around the Globe.  Here is the sitrep for Wednesday, May 23, 2018, for the State of New Mexico.

GILA NATIONAL FOREST

BUZZARD FIRE | 4 miles north of Eagle Peak Lookout. Catron County.  Reserve Ranger District.  Started May 22, 2018 around 1500  hours.  Smoke may be visible around Eagle Peak area. This is a new start.  An air recon flight confirmed the start. TFR in effect as well as Forest Road 94 has been closed.

Structures threatened are private property, the Continental Divide Trail, North Fork Negrito, Eagle Peak Lookout; Mexican spotted owl critical habitat, narrow-headed garter snake and Chiricahua Leopard frog habitat and range land grazing.

3 Type 6 engines, 3 Type 1 Initial Attack crews, 1 Type 2 IA crews, 1 dozer.  A Type 2 IMT will assume command at 0600 hours on Thursday, May 24, 2018.  Mormon Lake Hotshots were assigned to this incident.  As of yesterday’s sit rep, there were 87 personnel still listed as on the fire line.

Fire has burned 3,000 acres of heavy timber, grasses.  Fire Officials have implemented and are at a Stage 1 Fire Restriction as of May 2, 2018.  Smoke and haziness is expected to show up in Albuquerque. Fire conditions are expected to continue with hot, dry and breezy weather for days to come.

Air quality is expected to deteriorate in parts of the Rio Grande Valley and areas to the southwest. | Credit: NWS Albuquerque

The total cost-to-date is $120,000.

LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST

2 SMALL FIRES | 2 small fires were detected today on the Sacramento Ranger District Cloudcroft, NM) in the last 24 hours.  Each were .10 acres. Both have been fully contained.  Sacramento RD and Smoke Bear RD are both in State 2 Fire restrictions.

FALL CREEK FIRE | Started May 23, 2018 @ 1045 hours.  Located on the Smoke Bear RD and is in the southwest corner of the White Mountain Wilderness on the back side of Ski Apache and northwest of Ruidoso.

Currently, the fire is .10 acres with a 0% containment status.  Fire fuels include mix conifer.  Cause is unknown.

Fire weather is due to set a bar for a large storm incoming with a tornado warning on its heels.

There are 2 SEATs, 2 AA, 1 type 3 helicopters, 1 Type 1 Hot shot crew.  Firefighters are working in steep and rocky terrain.

KELLAR FIRE | Located northwest of Queen, New Mexico in the Lincoln National Forest on the Guadalupe Ranger District. Started/detected on May 22, 2018 @ 0952 hours.  Lightning caused.

4 acres of pinyon juniper and desert scrub. 0% containment status.  Community of Queen and Sitting Bulls Falls Rec area are currently under direct threat.  Firefighters are under threats of heat and rugged terrain.  Fire burning in the burn scar of the Last Chance Fire of 2011.

2 Engines, 1 hotshot crew assigned to this incident.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#CorralFire | Gila National Forest | New!

GILA NATIONAL FOREST, NEW MEXICO

Incident Summary

A wildfire ignited by lightning on June 4th @ 1900 hours PDT located 23 miles NW of Mimbres and West of FR 150 on the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.

Resources

There is only one person assigned to this wildfire incident.

Corral Fire - aerial photo of flames

Corral Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

There has been 723 acres of tall grass and timber destroyed with a 0% containment status. The fire behavior is minimal with creeping on the south and east and smoldering on the north sides.

Damage Assessments

There has been 723 acres of tall grass and timber destroyed with a 0% containment status. The fire behavior is minimal with creeping on the south and east and smoldering on the north sides.

Social Media

#CorralFire #NMwildfires2017

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#BacaFire | NM | 2

GILA NATIONAL FOREST, NEW MEXICO

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Baca Wildfire was ignited by lightning on May 12, 2017, about 6 miles NE of Quemado Lake and 10 miles south of the town of Quemado (Catron County), New Mexico.

The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment has reached $1.1 Million.

RESOURCES

There are 2 type 1 crews, 2 wildland fire modules, 6 Type 6 engines and 1 type 3 helicopters.  About 43 miscellaneous overhead and a total of 139 personnel.

FIRE CONDITIONS

The Baca Wildfire fire behavior is moderate, creeping and smoldering.

There has been 6,604 acres of short grass and timber destroyed.  Fire crews have been able to successfully gain a 13% containment around the wildfire.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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  • #BacaFire
  • #NMwildfires2017
  • #NM

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#BacaFire | NM | 1

GILA NATIONAL FOREST, NEW MEXICO

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Baca Wildfire was ignited by lightning on May 12, 2017, about 6 miles NE of Quemado Lake and 10 miles south of the town of Quemado (Catron County), New Mexico.

RESOURCES

Assigned to this fire are the following resources:

  • IC Ricky Cox / Gila/Las Cruces Type 3 IMT
  • 1 Wildland Fire Module
  • 2 Hot Shot crews
  • 4 Type 6 engines
  • 1 Helicopter
  • 41 Overhead
  • 91 Total Personnel

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

FIRE CONDITIONS

The Baca Wildfire fire behavior has moderate backing.  Due to the lessening winds, there was a small increase in acreage.  The fire has backed itself SE to Baca Mesa.

There has been 2,566 acres of Ponderosa pine and grass that have been destroyed.

Firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol along the containment lines.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using the following hashtags for this post:

  • #BacaFire
  • #NMwildfires2017
  • #NM

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Signal WildFire – Gila National Forest

Near Silver City, NM | On midnight of May 11, 2014, a human-caused wildfire occurred 10 miles North of Silver City in the Gila National Forest.  

The Fire has grown from 3,000 on Sunday, May 11 to 4,700 acres today with no percentage of containment.

There are currently 507 fire personnel on scene.  Multiple Handcrews, Engines, Air Resources are working the fire.

The terrain is difficult with the fire burning in timber and a grass underlay.  

(c) 2014 The NW Fire Blog