Update June 26 Am
Incident: Silver Fire Wildfire
SILVER FIRE UPDATE
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 8 a.m.
Fire Information: 575-536-3382 & 575-536-3285
Silver Fire updates can be found on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3414
Acres: 85,920 Cause: Lightning Start Date: June 7, 2013
Containment: 20% Location: vicinity of Kingston, NM Fuels: Timber
Total personnel: 691 Terrain: steep, rugged
Public Meeting Tonight in Winston at 6PM at the Community Center
Today’s Actions: Additional firefighters have arrived on the Silver Fire. Crews will focus on the west flank of the fire and conduct burnout operations south of McKnight Road along the fire perimeter, as weather conditions allow. Yesterday, helicopters were heavily utilized making 35 drops of approximately 30,000 gallons of water on active fire along the west side. Minimal fire activity is being detected on the east side of the fire as the fire is reaching lighter fuels in the lower elevation. Fire personnel are monitoring the east flank of the fire to detect any hot spots. Fire activity on the north perimeter continues to be active through the night with fire growth in the Upper Middle Seco drainage.
Firefighters can expect significant fire activity today 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 fire growth is expected to continue towards the north, east of the Crest Trail (307).
There are currently no evacuations in effect and no structures have burned. The fire is approximately 5 miles west of Hermosa and 19 miles southwest of Winston. Firefighters are completing structure protection in Hermosa.
Businesses along Highways 15 and 35 remain open. Most of the Gila National Forest is open for recreational opportunities with Stage One fire restrictions in effect. For more information go to firerestrictions.us. There is an emergency closure in place for the area of forest affected by the Silver Fire. For more information about the fire closure go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila .
Today’s weather: Today the area will experience westerly winds, as an upper level high pressure system builds over the southwest. Temperatures will be 92 to 95 degrees. Relative humidity will be between 4-8%.
Smoke: The most significant smoke impacts from the Silver Fire will be areas to the east possibly reaching as far as Alamogordo, NM. 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.
Road Closure: NM Highway 152 is closed from Kingston to San Lorenzo. For additional information go to www.nmroads.com.
For additional fire information, visit the following websites: www.facebook.com/SilverFireNM