Fire Up­dates

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The Baca Fire ended up at ap­prox­i­mately 11,139 acres and the Baca Fire area clo­sures were be re­scinded on June 30. For­est Ser­vice Roads 13, 13D, and 93 are again open to the pub­lic. The seg­ment of the Con­ti­nen­tal Di­vide Trail (CDT) from Dead Horse Canyon north to High­way 60 is also open for hik­ers. Haz­ards re­main within the fire foot­print in­clud­ing fireweak­ened dead and live trees and stump holes. Fire weak­ened trees are more sus­cep­ti­ble to fall­ing, es­pe­cially if it is windy.

As of July 15, the Out­law Fire, burn­ing on Na­tional For­est Sys­tem Lands on the Glenwood Ranger District, Gila Na­tional For­est, is cur­rently be­ing mon­i­tored.

The south­west­ern US has en­tered mon­soon sea­son. Please be alert for pos­si­ble flood­ing con­di­tions.

Smoke should be less vis­i­ble west of US Hwy 180 in the area of the Hot Springs Trail­head to the Moon Ranch turnoff; and then again at the junction of US Hwy 180 and Hwy 79 (Mule Creek Road) to the Ari­zona bor­der.

Smoke from fire rises up and away dur­ing the day­time, but in the evening smoke can pool back down in canyons, drainages, and basins. Smoke can hurt your eyes, ir­ri­tate your res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem, and in­ten­sify chronic heart and lung prob­lems.

Your eyes are your best tools to de­ter­mine if it’s safe to be out­side. If vis­i­bil­ity is over 5 miles, the air qual­ity is gen­er­ally good. If you are hav­ing health ef­fects from smoke ex­po­sure then take ex­tra care to stay in­side or get to an area with bet­ter air qual­ity. You should also see your doc­tor or health­care pro­fes­sional as needed.

For in­for­ma­tion on air qual­ity and pro­tect­ing your health, and to find guid­ance on dis­tances and vis­i­bil­ity, please visit nm­track­

Fire in­for­ma­tion can be found at nm­fire­

As of July 12, the White­rock Fire and the Tower Fire are burn­ing on Na­tional For­est Sys­tem Lands on the Glenwood Ranger District—4 miles west of MM 37 on US High­way 180 and south of Saliz Pass, near the top of White­rock Moun­tain—is cur­rently be­ing mon­i­tored and un­der the man­age­ment of a Type 4 or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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