NEAR SILVER CITY, N.M. (KRQE) – Firefighters in southwest New Mexico have fully contained the East Fire at 183 acres northeast of Silver City, four miles northwest of Mimbres. The fire started around 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 22 and has burned both private and along the jurisdictional federal forest land boundary, near Highway 35 in Grant County.

According to the Gila National Forest, an initial aggressive attack from roughly 45 firefighters helped keep the fire from spreading quickly Friday. As of Monday morning, federal fire officials say the blaze is 100% contained.

On Monday, April 25, the Gila National Forest said fire personnel will continue to patrol and monitor the fire’s perimeter over the next several days.

  • Start Date: April 22, 2022, 4:15 p.m.
  • Location: Four miles northwest of Mimbres, south of the Hicks Cemetery.
  • Containment: 100%.
  • Size: 183 acres.
  • Structures Threatened: Four homes initially threatened.
  • Structures Burned: None.
  • Evacuations: None.
  • Cause: Under investigation.
  • Total Personnel: 53 people.
  • Area Vegetation: Grass, piñon, juniper.
  • Ownership(s): Private land & federal forest land.