Smoke from Burns

Catron Courier - - News -

Smoke from pre­scribed burns in Ari­zona and from two light­ning strikes that hit in the Gila Na­tional For­est on Oc­to­ber 19 have been pro­duc­ing smoky skies.

The Gila For­est fires in­clude the Ea­gle Fire, lo­cated north­west of Ea­gle Peak Look­out and this has merged with the Peak Fire. The Peak Fire is lo­cated north­west of Ea­gle Peak Look­out and is at ap­prox­i­mately 20 acres. Both fires are burn­ing in the old HB Fire (1995) burn scar. The fires are mov­ing through downed logs and are clean­ing up snags and woody de­bris within this burn scar. Re­serve RD fire staff will be mon­i­tor­ing these fires as they clean up dead and down ma­te­rial on the for­est floor.

The Sil­ver City Ranger Dis­trict, Gila Na­tional For­est is plan­ning to do a 413 acre pre­scribed burn in the area known as Red­stone. The pro­ject bound­aries are: For­est Road 154 (Sig­nal Peak Road) and For­est Road 4255 to the south; han­d­line to the east; For­est Road 149 (Meadow Creek Road) to the north; and High­way 15 to the west. Smoke from this one day ig­ni­tion ac­tiv­ity will pri­mar­ily carry into the Mim­bres Val­ley.

This burn is planned to be­gin Oc­to­ber 30. Fire man­agers con­sider fore­casted weather, fuel mois­tures and other con­di­tions to de­ter­mine op­ti­mal win­dows to con­duct con­trolled burns. In ad­di­tion, us­ing For­est Ser­vice roads as bound­aries, the time of year, the burn scar from the Sig­nal Fire and past pile burn­ing in the Meadow Creek area will as­sist in con­trol­ling any spread from this par­tic­u­lar ac­tiv­ity.

More in­for­ma­tion on burns can be found at nm­fire­info.com and at ein.az.gov.

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