RESERVE, N.M. (KRQE) – A fire has burned about 229 acres on East Elk Mountain in the Gila National Forest which is located 30 miles east of Reserve in Catron County. The Forest Service reports that the Elk Fire started on March 31, 2021.
- Start Date: March 31, 2021 | Final Update April 7, 2021
- Location: East Elk Mountain in Gila National Forest
- Containment: 100%
- Size: about ~229 acres
- Structures Threatened: None
- Structures Burned: None
- Evacuations: None
- Cause: Under investigation
- Total Personnel: One Type 1 Initial Attack crew, 2 Type 1 IA crews, one hand crew, one Type 6 engine, one Type 3 helicopter, and two Type 2 dozers
- Fuel Type: Piñon, juniper, and grass
As of Wednesday, April 7 the Forest Service reports the Elk Fire is 100% contained and all resources except for the Jackson, MS Type 1 IA crew will be released. In a press release on Friday, April 2, officials initially reported the cause of the Elk Fire was lighting, however, officials now report the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Firefighters used a full suppression strategy to confine and contain the fire. Smoke is rising up and away during the day, however, in the evenings it can descend back down into canyons, drainages, and basins.