The Silver Fire is now 63 percent contained, but is still about 138,000 acres. Activity remained low to moderate. Light rain occurred on the fire Wednesday. Some crews continued the demobilization process in preparation to downsize to a Type 3 organization. Containment lines were increased on the east to the Middle Seco Canyon area and to the west in the Rabb Park area. Chipping work continued alongside FS Road 150 and Highway 152.
Full suppression activity continues. Crews are monitoring the fire by air and ground. Rehab and mop up work will be ongoing. Chipping work continues at several areas along the fire perimeter.
The Type 3 team will shadow the current Type 2 team Thursday. The Type 3 team will continue with full suppression efforts to increase containment. They will assume command of the fire on Friday July 5th at 6am.
Fire Activity: As a result of rain and higher humidity, fire perimeter is not expected to increase in size in the short term. Isolated pockets of fire burning in the interior may occur. Creeping and smoldering has been observed. Smoke will be visible in the area until a seasonal rain ending event occurs.
Weather: Scattered thunderstorms are expected with frequent lightning, strong winds, and moderate to heavy rain possible. The maximum temperature should be in the lower 80s.
Open / Closed Areas: NM Highway 152 is open. Safety is still a concern and drivers should be alert for domestic livestock, wildlife, rocks, fallen trees and debris along the road. For road information go to www.nmroads.com. An emergency closure remains in effect for a small portion of the Gila National Forest in the vicinity of the fire area. Recreation sites along Hwy 152 remain closed and the entire Aldo Leopold Wilderness area is also closed. For more information about the area of the fire closure go to www.fs.usda.gov/gila.
All communities adjacent to the fire remain open for business including the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. The majority of the Gila National Forest is open for recreational opportunities with Stage 1 fire restrictions in effect. For more information on restrictions, go to firerestrictions.us. Emory Pass Vista is open.
Fireworks are prohibited on National Forest lands. Your compliance is greatly appreciated.