SILVER CITY, N.M. (KRQE) – The Skates Fire started burning on Friday, June 10, 2022, three miles south of Mimbres. The U.S. Forest Service confirmed the fire Friday night and estimated its size at 80 acres.
Start Date: June 10, 2022
Location: near Redstone Wilderness Ranger District in the Gila National Forest, 3 miles south of the Celebration Forest Service Fire Camp
Size: 111 acres
Structures Threatened: none
Structures Burned: none
Cause: suspected to be lightning
Total Personnel: 140 personnel; SEveral engines, a 20-person hand crew, three hotshot crews, eight smokejumpers, two bulldozers, and two helicopters.
Area Vegetation: unknown
Officials say resources assigned to the incident include several engines, a 20-person handcrew, three hotshot crews, eight smokejumpers, two bulldozers, and two helicopters totaling about 140 personnel. Additional resources have been ordered. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain causing firefighters to hike one mile to reach the fire.
Hiking routes have had to be rerouted due to the fire. Hikers will need to reroute their trip on the Continental Divide Trail at Township 16 S, Range 13 W, Section 13. This is where FS 855 intersects, allowing people to reroute via the road to the north and west of Trail 100 Allie Canyon to the east.