June 3 News Release
Incident: Whitewater Baldy Complex Wildfire
For Immediate Release - June 3, 2012 - 8:00AM
Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team
Incident Commander: Tony Sciacca
Fire Information: 575-533-6901, 575-533-6053 (Daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
Flickr (photos and maps): http://www.flickr.com/photos/gilaforest
Date Started: 05/16/2012
Number of Personnel: 1,236 including
14 hotshot crews, 12 hand crews
Size: 241,701 acres
Equipment: 67 engines, 29 Water Tenders, 7 Dozers
Percent Contained: 17
Aircraft: 9 Helicopters
Firefighters made good progress yesterday on the northeastern portions of the fire. Patrols will monitor that section of the fire today. Minimal smoke was visible from the Willow Creek area. Crews monitored and mopped-up in Mogollon.
Along the southwest boundary, reduced fire behavior was observed as the fire moved into gentle sloping hills of piï¿½on and juniper. The fire in the southeastern section continued to slow and flank around the 2011 Miller and Lilley Fires.
Today, firefighters are scouting the area along Gila Mountain Trail and the Middle Fork River for potential control lines. A contingency line is being constructed a safe distance east of the fires edge along Road 150. Firefighters will also strengthen containment lines south of the community of Mogollon.
Catron County Sheriff's Office will lift the evacuation order in Mogollon effective Monday, June 4, 2012, to residents and business owners. On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, the community will be open to the public.
Should smoke from the fire continue to impact your community, please go to: http://inciweb.org/incident/article/2870/14038/.
If you are planning to visit the forest this weekend, several closures and restrictions are in effect in several areas; please go to the Gila National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/gila for current information or contact the Forest directly at 575-388-8201.