NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Johnson Fire began on the Wilderness Ranger District in the Gila National Forest on Thursday, May 20, 2021, near the Johnson Canyon, west of McKenna Park in Catron County.
- Start Date: May 20, 2021 | Final update July 9, 2021
- Fire Size: 88,918 acres
- Containment: 75%
- Cause: Lightning
- Location: Johnson Canyon, west of McKenna Park and 11 miles west of Gila Cliff Dwellings in the Wilderness Ranger District of Catron County, NM
- Structures Threatened: Values at risk include Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, White Creek Cabin, and sensitive aquatic species in Gila Wilderness
- Structures Burned: No
- Evacuations: No
- Area Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass
Even when a fire is completely out, forest officials say many hazards such as rolling rocks, soil erosion, flooding and falling trees are still present.