Weather Conditions Hamper Silver Fire Progress

Jun 20, 2013

Credit Gila National Forest

  A persistent hot and dry weather pattern remains over the Silver Fire. Firefighters have continued to hold the 36,500 acre fire within containment lines. 

The fire will exhibit the same smoke column as the past two days. The most active part of the fire is in the north, moving two miles yesterday.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and key staff members will be briefed on firefighting efforts at the Silver Fire Incident Command Post this morning.

Firefighters will continue mop up, indirect line construction, aggressively engaging the fire where appropriate and gathering intelligence on both the east and west flanks.

Silver Fire resources include five helicopters, five 20-person hotshot crews, four 20-person hand crews, 15 engines, one dozer and eight water tenders for 511 personnel.

Cooperators include the Grant and Sierra County Sheriff’s Departments, NM State Police, Las Cruces BLM District, NM State Forestry and NM Department of Transportation.

Daily public meetings continue to be held each morning at the Hillsboro Community Center at 10 and tomorrow, Friday, June 21, 2013, at the Round Up Lodge in San Lorenzo at 6 p.m.

Forest closure information can be found at:  or

Silver Fire updates can be found on Inciweb at For additional fire information visit the following websites:,,