Regional
9:45 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Silver Fire 59% Contained; Growth Finally Stalls

  The Silver Fire remains at about 137,000 acres and is 59 percent contained.  Although some areas of the fire received rainfall, heavy fuels are not responding much to the small amounts of rainfall as some pockets of timber burned intensely.  Overall, low to moderate fire intensity was observed.  Direct line was constructed on the northwest corner of the fire in the Cooney Canyon area. Crews continued chipping along Forest Road 150 and Highway 152.  Helicopters dropped water on the spot fires on the west side of the fire.  Direct and indirect line was constructed in Hefner Canyon.  Fire crews safely monitored the west, east and south ends of the fire perimeter.

Crews will continue full suppression strategies, constructing direct and indirect line on the west and northwest sides of the fire. Chipping and rehab of firelines will proceed in the south and western part of the fire. The eastern and southern perimeter will be monitored by air.

The New Mexico Type II Incident Management Team is preparing to transition the management of the fire to a smaller Type III team on Friday morning.  The Type III Team will continue suppression efforts to reach further containment on this fire. 

Weather: Temperatures will be in the upper 70’s and 80’s. Relative Humidity continues in the mid 30’s. The chance for scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms continues.

Open Areas: New Mexico State Highway 152 and New Mexico State Highway 35 into San Lorenzo and the Mimbres Valley remain open.  Particularly on Highway 152 expect heavy traffic and watch for livestock, wildlife, rocks, fallen trees and debris. The public is reminded that Forest Service campgrounds on Highway 152 are still closed.  Emory Pass Vista remains open. The majority of the Gila National Forest is open for recreational opportunities with Stage One fire restrictions in effect. For more information on restrictions, go to firerestrictions.us.

Closures:  There is an emergency closure on the Gila National Forest for the fire area.  For more information about the fire closure go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila. For information on any road closures, go to www.nmroads.com

For additional fire information, visit the following websites: www.facebook.com/SilverFireNM

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