Drummond & Trujillo Fires near Gila National Forest, unknown containment


The Drummond and Trujillo fires began May 19 and are still active. Together they have burned 2 acres. Photo courtesy US Wildfire Reports

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Drummond and Trujillo Fires began on the Black Range Ranger District in the Gila National Forest on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Fire officials say both fires ignited within the 2013 Silver Fire scar.

Gila National Forest officials report the Trujillo Fire did not grow and has not produced smoke since May 21. During an isolated thunderstorm on June 1, the Drummond Fire received about .9 inches of rain and has remained smoldering in downed logs.

On Wednesday, May 9, the Drummond Fire generated small, isolated smoke columns however, its footprint has not grown since June 1 and hotspots remain isolated. During a public meeting on June 8, the community learned about the drone operators that are flying in the area and mapping the fire.

New Mexico Highway 152 is back open.

  • Start Date: May 19, 2021
  • Fire Size: ~501 acres
  • Containment: Unknown
  • Estimated Containment Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021, approx. 12 a.m.
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Location: Drummond Fire is one mile south of Emory Pass and the Trujillo Fire is one mile south of the Drummond Fire on the Black Range Ranger District, Sierra County, NM
  • Resources: 68 total personnel
  • Structures Threatened: N/A
  • Structures Burned:  N/A
  • Evacuations: N/A
  • Area Vegetation: Light logging slash
  • Ownership: Unknown

The following are closed due to the fires:

  • Black Range Crest Trail 79 – Closed from NM Highway 152 south to National Forest Road (NFRS) 886
  • Royal John Rd.
  • Grandview Trail 146 – Closed from NFSR 523 Silver Creek Rd. to Black Range Crest Trail 79
  • Trujillo Trail 134 – Closed from Black Range Crest Trail 79 to Private Seven Brothers – Closed from NFSR 886 Royal John Rd to Black Range Crest Trail 79

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