The Baca Fire ended up at approximately 11,139 acres and the Baca Fire area closures were be rescinded on June 30.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 nmtracking.org/fire.
Fire information can be found at nmfireinfo.com.
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.