Community meeting

| Black Fire Community Meeting Tonight 6:00 PM at HillsboroNM Fire Info

June 16, 2022 Daily Update

SOUTH-WEST AREA

INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM

TEAM 4 – AARON HULBURD – INCIDENT COMMANDER

Acres: 320,971 acres

Containment: 48%

Total staff: 1,226

Cause: Human-made, under investigation

Start date: Friday, May 13, 2022

Location: 31 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences, NM

Fuels: Woods and tall grass

Strong points: The Area 4 Southwest Type 2 Incident Management Team will be hosting a community meeting tonight, Thursday, June 16, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hillsboro Community Center, 316 Elenora Street in Hillsboro, NM.

Learn more about the current status of the Black Fire evacuationplease access the real-time interactive evacuation map or contact your local emergency management office for Sierra County, Catron County, and Grant County.

Operations: Firefighting efforts resulted in additional containment along the northern perimeter of the fire near Lookout Mountain. Air assets assist firefighters on the ground by delivering water to hot spots, performing reconnaissance missions, and strategically lighting vegetation to reduce fire intensity. A helicopter dropped additional buckets of water on the 40-acre slopover to cool the fire inside the Line of Control. As it continues to move through the Gila Wilderness, the fire is most active in deep drainage near Hillsboro Lookout in the area burned by Silver Fire in 2013. After securing the protective shroud around the cabin in historic Hillsboro, firefighters used overhead ignitions to slowly burn fuel between the edge of the blaze and the metal watchtower. These operations produced a low intensity fire that successfully created a protective buffer zone around the Hillsboro Lookout. In Kingston, firefighters installed 60 sprinkler kits to help protect this community by wetting the area and increasing humidity levels around structures. Night crews are also clearing excess vegetation around structures in case the fire moves in that direction. Firefighters work at Ladder Ranch to repair evidence of suppression activity where the fire line was built as an emergency measure. New Mexico Route 152 will remain closed due to active fire behavior near Hillsboro Lookout. Firefighters and public safety continue to be the highest priority over all other incident objectives.

Time: Enough moisture returns to the region this afternoon for a risk of dry thunderstorms. The threat of thunder will last late into the night tonight. The chance of thunderstorms is expected to increase throughout the weekend as the storms move from dry to wetter. Expect gusty southeasterly winds through Sunday. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can lead to a risk of flash flooding over the weekend.

Closures: Highway 152 is currently closed from mile post 40 (Kingston) to mile post 15 (San Lorenzo). No public entry is allowed. A part of the Gila National Forest affected by the fire was closed.

Restrictions: Know before you go! The public can get current information on state and federal fire restrictions throughout New Mexico at NM Fire Info | Fire Restrictions or NM Forestry Division statewide fire restrictions.

Security: The health and safety of firefighters and the public is always the top priority. Members of the public should stay clear of Black Fire operations. A temporary flight restriction is in place over the Black Fire area, which includes unmanned aircraft or drones. For more information on the dangers drones pose to wildfire-fighting aircraft and ground personnel, visit: https://www.nifc.gov/drones/.

Smoke: Smoke from the black fire may be visible in the vicinity of Mimbres, Kingston, Hillsboro and San Lorenzo, NM. People sensitive to smoke and people with respiratory problems or heart conditions are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s Environmental Public Health Tracking website: nmtracking.org. An interactive smoke map to https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions. For more information, please see the Black fire smoke report.

Fire updates are posted on Inci Web, Gila National Forest Facebook and Twitter pages, and NM Fire Information.

E-mail: [email protected] • Telephone: (575)-249-1264 • Working hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Black Fire card, Thursday, June 16
Smoke Outlook, Thursday, June 16
Black Fire Evacuation Map
Black Fire Progress Map