Human-caused Buzzard Fire grows to 50,296 acres

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Fire officials say an illegal campfire started a fire that has burned 50,296 acres in the Gila National Forest. As of Wednesday, June 27,  the fire is at 89 percent containment.

The Buzzard fire started May 22, east of Reserve, New Mexico.

Around 109 personnel are on scene helping fight the fire and stop it from spreading. 

Apache Creek Campground re-opened June 23. 

The rest of the area around the fire remains closed for public safety. Roadblocks have been set up by local law enforcement. Closure information is available here. 

Smoke will affect surrounding areas. Winds from the south may bring in more smoke from fires in Mexico.

No structures are threatened at this time 

Stage 2 fire restrictions will go into effect Wednesday, June 6. Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit the following:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove. Devices fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off are the exception.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or developed recreation area, unless you are in a 3-foot diameter cleared of burnable vegetation.
  • Operating any internal combustible engine, including chainsaws during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Welding or operating acetylene, or other torches with an open flame.
  • Fireworks and/or explosives are always prohibited on National Forest System lands.

Criteria used to determine when to implement fire restrictions include current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources.

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