Smoke from Burns
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.