Silver Fire Still Growing; 54% Contained

Jul 2, 2013

  The Silver Fire is now more than 137,000 acres and is 54 percent contained.  Activity remains moderate due to thunderstorm activity. Most of the fire activity was to the northwest and fire growth remains slow. There was only slight heat detected on the west side.  No fire was observed to the east and south.  Crews continued chipping operations along Highway 152, around Kingston and in the Cooney area.

Crews will construct and prep line from Rabb Park southwest to Rosencran cabin.  Resources will also continue to hold and mop up the spot fire near Rabb Park.  Fire crews will continue to monitor the west, east and south perimeter of the fire. Direct line will be constructed on the northwest corner of the fire in the Cooney Canyon area as conditions allow and can be done safely.  Crews will also continue to prep Forest Road 150.

While things are winding down, crews continue to mop up and rehab suppression lines. Within the next few days, the demobilization of resources will begin. The BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) Team will continue to assess the area.

Smoke:  Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health's website at

Weather: Daytime relative humidity will remain at 30 to 40% this week and temperatures will range from upper 70’s to lower 80’s with chances for showers and thunderstorms.

Open Areas: Highway 152 is now completely open to the public including San Lorenzo to Kingston.  Safety is still a concern; watch for livestock, wildlife, rocks, fallen trees and debris on the Highway.  Silver City, Hillsboro, and Winston remain open.  Businesses along New Mexico State Highways 15 and 35 remain open, all the way to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. 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

Closures: For more information about any fire closures go to  For information on road closures, go to

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