NEW MEXICO (KRQE) - A new wildfire is burning approximately 10 miles north of Ocate, NM.
Lightening sparked the Whites Peak fire Thursday and has burned more than 850 acres.
The fire is currently on private land, threatening three structures with zero percent containment.
Firefighters in the Gila are doing everything they can to protect the town of Kingston and have been working through the night trying to determine the fire's grown since Thursday.
Currently the Silver fire has burned almost 19,000 acres. Flames have moved into the west end of Kingston, NM but no damage has been reported.
Firefighters on the ground have been able to start containment lines and helicopters are continuing water drop efforts.
There will be two updates on the fire for the public Friday, 10:00 a.m. at Hillsborough Community Center and 6:00 p.m. at the Round-up Lodge in San Lorenzo.
Gila National Forest officials want to remind the general public that the forest is open to recreation except in the restricted fire area.
To ensure public safety, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area has been closed east of NM State Highway 152 from the Continental Divide Trail #74 south to Reeds Peak. NM State Highway 152 from San Lorenzo to Hillsboro remains closed. The road closure is for east and westbound traffic from 35 miles east of Bayard at mile marker 16 to 10 miles west of Hillsboro at mile marker 40. Trail #79 and the Royal John Road are also closed for public safety. For more information see http://fs.usda.gov/gila or www.nmroads.com .
Overnight infrared mapping shows the Jaroso fire in the Pecos has burned 3,500 acres which is 4,500 less than originally estimated.
The area burning includes a large amount of dead trees which continues to fuel the Jaroso fire.
All trails leading to the Pecos Wilderness from the Carson National Forest are now closed.
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