Regional
1:05 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

New Crews Get To Work As Silver Fire Continues Rapid Growth

Credit Gila National Forest

The Silver Fire has grown to 76,062 acres with most fire activity in the northeast.  Some areas of the fire in the south are in monitor status with firefighter resources shifting to the northern parts of the fire.

Monday is a transition day on the Silver Fire as Matt Reidy’s Northern Arizona Incident Management Team transfers the fire Monday evening to John Pierson’s New Mexico Incident Management Team. Residents of the Mimbres Valley should see more fire vehicles and some additional firefighters.

Crews continued to mop-up around Kingston and scout potential fuel breaks for future containment lines Sunday.  In addition, Reeds Cabin near Reeds Peak, was wrapped for protection. State Forestry crews worked to thin vegetation surrounding private property in the Cooney subdivision. The community of Cooney is located along the Mimbres River 8 miles north of the Wilderness Ranger District office. 

Crews will continue to construct indirect fire on the northern portion of the fire and prepare for possible burning operations to strengthen containment lines on the west perimeter.  A Red Flag warning is in place again for hot, dry and windy conditions.

Resources assigned to the fire include five 20-person hotshot crews, three 20-person crews, six helicopters, 18 engines, one dozer, nine water tenders for a total of 499 personnel. 

Silver Fire updates can be found on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3414. For additional fire information, visit the following websites: www.facebook.com/SilverFireNM, www.flickr.com/gilaforest, www.twitter.com/SilverFireNM.