GILA NATIONAL FOREST, N.M. (KRQE) - Fire officials say an illegal campfire started a fire that has burned 47,370 acres in the Gila National Forest. As of Friday, June 14, the fire is at 74 percent containment.
The Buzzard fire started May 22, east of Reserve, New Mexico.
Around 274 personnel are on scene helping fight the fire and stop it from spreading.
The fire area received over half an inch of rain Saturday. This cooler, wetter weather pattern helped firefighters to strengthen and secure control lines.
Sunday is expected to bring drier and warmer weather.
The area around the fire remains closed for public safety. Roadblocks have been set up by local law enforcement. Closure information is available here.
Smoke will affect surrounding areas. Winds from the south may bring in more smoke from fires in Mexico.
No structures are threatened at this time
Stage 2 fire restrictions will go into effect Wednesday, June 6. Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit the following:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove. Devices fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off are the exception.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or developed recreation area, unless you are in a 3-foot diameter cleared of burnable vegetation.
- Operating any internal combustible engine, including chainsaws during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Welding or operating acetylene, or other torches with an open flame.
- Fireworks and/or explosives are always prohibited on National Forest System lands.
Criteria used to determine when to implement fire restrictions include current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources.