Regional
10:50 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Weather Is Unrelenting As Silver Fire Continues Growing

Credit Gila National Forest

  Management of the Silver Fire has now transitioned to the New Mexico Type 2 Incident Management Team under Incident Commander John Pierson.

Crews will be constructing fire line in the northwest portion of the fire and continue to conduct burnout operations on the west flank off of McKnight Road as weather conditions allow.  Fire personnel will scout out for placement of indirect line on the east and west flank of the Silver Fire.  The fire behavior analyst for the NM Incident Management Team said that firefighters can expect significant fire activity as weather conditions will be hot, dry and unstable.  As a result, tall smoke columns are likely to develop.  The fuels in the fire area are critically dry and the potential for ignition is 100%.

There are currently no evacuations in effect.  The fire is approximately 5 miles west of Hermosa and 19 miles southwest Winston. Firefighters are planning to do structure protection in Hermosa and Cooney.

The weather will transition from a persistent southwest flow to lighter westerly winds as an upper level high pressure system builds over the southwest.  As the high approaches Tuesday, the winds will decrease. Relative humidity will be between 6-10%.

Smoke:  The most significant smoke impacts from the Silver Fire will be areas to the east including Kingston, Hillsboro and possibly as far as Hermosa, Winston, Chloride, and Truth Or Consequences.  Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health's website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Closures:  NM Highway 152 is closed from Kingston to San Lorenzo.  For additional information go to www.nmroads.com.  Forest closure information can be found at http://fs.usda.gov/gila

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