Hilltop Fire grows to 72 acres in Gila National Forest


SIERRA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A fire caused by lightning broke out on the evening of July 18 in Brushy Mountain on the Black Range Ranger District in the Gila National Forest.

  • Start Date: July 18, 2020
  • Location: Brushy Mountain, Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest
  • Containment: 0%
  • Size: 72 acres
  • Structures Threatened: N/A
  • Structures Burned: None
  • Evacuations: None
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Total Personnel: 4 wildland firefighters from Black Range District crew
  • Area Vegetation: pinyon, juniper

Officials with the Gila National Forest report the fire is burning in the area known as Hermosa Prescribed Fire Phase 2 from 1997 and the strategy includes full suppression. Smoke may be visible from the Winston, Hermosa, and Truth or Consequences communities.

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