SILVER CITY, N.M. (KRQE)- Lightning has caused two fires that are now burning on Gila National Forest lands.
The Canteen Fire began July 25 and is estimated to be about nine-acres and is burning in Grant County. The fire is within the boundaries of the Gila Wilderness and is north of the Gila River Box Canyon area and east of Mogollon Creek.
Fire crews say the blaze is exhibiting low to moderate effects and is visible from US Highway 180 and from the Cliff and Gila communities as well as nearby areas. Crews will scout to gather more information on the fire’s size and to assess its growth potential.
The Scout Fire began July 25 and is located north of Signal Peak Road in the Silver City Ranger District, the scar area of the 2006 Skates Fire. The fire is less than one-acre in size.
Fire officials say Friday that spread potential for the blaze is minimal as the result of recent precipitation. The fire may be seen from NM Highway 35 and Signal Peak Road.
An engine crew, as well as Signal Peak Lookout, will be monitoring the blaze throughout the weekend.