[Editor's Note: This is part 2 of the County Commission meeting on June 12, 2018. This article features mostly the extended public input section of the combined work session and regular meeting.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
Because the public input section was expected to be long, it was recommended that the proclamation honoring the Silver City Lady Colts for winning their 8th consecutive state softball championship be moved to before the input.
The first to speak during public input was Dr. Michelle Diaz.
Silver City, NM, June 18, 2018—The Gila National Forest is rescinding the order for Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and moving to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective immediately. In addition, Fire Danger has been modified down to Very High from Extreme.
Campfire and smoking restrictions will be re-implemented on the Gila National Forest in order to protect public health and reduce preventable human-caused fires. “Some rain has fallen on the 3.3 million acres that comprise the Gila National Forest, and for the most part forest visitors have been diligent with the campfire safety and taking care not to spark a human-caused fire,” states Adam Mendonca, Forest Supervisor, “but we feel it’s critical to continue with precautions to reduce the potential for any additional fire starts during this period of drought and high fire danger.”
Fire restrictions for the Gila National Forest include allowing campfires only in designated developed campgrounds and picnic areas, and must be in a Forest Service provided metal grill or metal fire pits. Fires in rock rings will not be allowed. The use of pressurized, petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are acceptable, provided they meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety. Smoking is limited to a vehicle, building, or 3-foot area cleared of all flammable materials. Fireworks, explosives and incendiary devices are always prohibited on National Forest System lands.
San Antonio Fire Statistics
Start Date: June 14, 2018, at 11:30 AM
Size: 495 acres
Location: Northwest area of Valles Caldera National Preserve
Drying Trend Poses Risk
Although the much needed rain aided the firefighting efforts, it was short lived as a drying trend is predicted for the next week. With an increase in temperature and lowering of humidity, roads and vegetation are drying, which may contribute to higher fire activity. Yesterday’s reconnaissance flight indicated multiple spot fires on the northwest perimeter of the fire. Fire fighters will continue work today strengthening hand line on the steep and rocky southwestern perimeter of the fire. Majority of fire fighter’s efforts will be focused on construction of hand and dozer line on the northwest side of the fire.
By Halie Richwine
The Town of Hurley Regular Meeting took place Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 5 p.m. Councilors Esther Gil, Freddie Rodriguez, and Mateo Madrid, as well as Mayor Pro Tem Richard Maynes and Mayor Ed Stevens attended.
Public Input was first on the agenda and resident Violet Chavarria asked council to consider putting speed bumps and stop signs in the Lee Drive and E Street area to aid in slowing traffic.
Sandra Berry was next and asked council about starting a neighborhood watch to help local law enforcement. Berry said she has tried to get on the meeting agenda in the past. Her concern is that people are not interested in having a neighborhood watch.
Gila Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team
Ricky Cox—Incident Commander
Command of Buzzard Fire Transfers to Local Type 3 Team on Wednesday
June 18, 2018 Daily Update
This will be the last update from the Gila Las Cruces Type 3 Team
Acres: 47,370 Start Date: May 22, 2018
Cause: Human-caused Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF)
Containment: 82% Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Total Personnel: 212
General Information: Even though recent rains dampened much of the fire over the last few days, a few pockets of heat were observed in Kiehne and Perry Canyons. Firefighters will monitor these areas and look for opportunities to secure the fire’s edge. Crews continue to patrol control lines for hot spots, look for opportunities to secure the fire and mop up in the southwest portion. Fire suppression repair and rehabilitation continues along control lines. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team will begin emergency treatments to protect life, property, natural and cultural resources. Initial attack crews will respond to new fire starts. Wednesday, a transfer of command and transition from Incident Commander Ricky Cox to Incident Commander Scott Jones will occur. Local resources will work with Incident Commander Jones.
[Editor's Note: This is part 1 of the County Commission meeting on June 12, 2018. This article features the extended report from GRMC personnel.]
By Mary Alice Murphy
When it came time to approve the combined work session/regular meeting agenda on June 12, General Services Director Randy Villa requested that the public hearing be taken off the agenda. "The proclamations declaring extreme or severe drought conditions in Grant County and the imposition of fireworks restrictions are already in place. We don't need to add anything to them."
The next item featured Gila Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias and Chief Financial Officer Richard Stokes giving their monthly report.
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