Multiple fires burning in Gila National Forest


The Black Fire burns in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness in the Gila National Forest. (courtesy US Forest Service)

(KRQE) – Several fires are currently burning on National Forest System lands in the Gila National Forest. All four of the fires are believed to have been caused by lightning.

The Black Fire is burning about 20 miles northwest of Mimbres near the Black Canyon. The fire is located in very steep terrain and has burned approximately 1,160 acres as of July 6.

The Little Fire is located about 4.5 miles west of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and is about 312-acres as of July 6.

The South Fire is 30 miles north of Mimbres and has burned about 2,800-acres in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. The fire is at 0% containment as of July 14, 2019.

The Rocky Fire which began burning on July 8 has now burned about 275-acres. The fire is at 0% containment as of July 14.

The Woodrow Fire is just north of Mogollon Creek and south of Trail Canyon. It has burned about 1,075-acres as of July 6. Forest officials state that a helicopter survey of the area shows that the naturally-ignited fires are showing low to moderate behavior.

While crews manage the wildfires, they will be allowed to clean up dead and downed trees as well as forest debris.

District officials ask that the public be aware that there is fire-related traffic on Forest Road 150 and do decrease speeds around the area, especially around corners.

Sunday, July 14 officials state there will be firefighters directing traffic and that wait times of anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes are expected.

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