NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Two fires burning in the Quemado Ranger District of the Gila National Forest in Catron County have been 100% contained. The Dry Fire burned 18 acres and was close to Dry Blue Creek while the Freeman Fire burned about 15 acres and was about one mile southwest of Freeman Mountain.
The Gila National Forest reminds the public about campfire safety and that it is critical to not leave your campfire unattended. Those who form campfires are urged to bring a shovel and enough water to drown the fire using the drown, stir, drown, stir method.
You are then asked to put your hand close to the ashes to ensure you can no longer feel heat. If the ashes are too hot to the touch, repeat the drown, stir, drown, stir method until the ashes are cold to the touch.