Regional
11:34 am
Sun June 23, 2013

New Crews Moving In As Silver Fire Continues Massive Growth

Credit Gila National Forest

Evening infrared flight over the Silver fire measured Saturday’s fire growth at 13,302 acres, resulting in a total of 70,002.  Night aerial photography provides the team with accurate high-quality imagery of acreage.

The fire continued to grow north reaching Animas Canyon Saturday, triggering firefighters who were working on containment lines to move to a safe location.  Crews will continue constructing indirect fire line.

According to Silver Fire meteorologist, Carl Cerniglia, “we have experienced higher winds recently and hot and dry conditions are expected over the next 6 days.”

To ensure public and firefighter safety in around the fire, Incident commander Matt Reidy said “residents and the general public can expect an increase in firefighter traffic in the area as new crews move into the area over the next several days.” 

Resources assigned to the fire include five 20-person hotshot crews, three 20-person crews, five helicopters, 15 engines, one dozer, eight water tenders for a total of 463 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.