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Acres: 24,341
Start Date: May 22, 2018
Cause: Human-caused
Location: NE of Eagle Peak Lookout, Gila NF
Containment: 34%
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass, and understory)
Total personnel: 529

General Information: High winds are carrying embers ahead of the fire, causing spot fires over containment lines. This brings challenges to firefighters as they must not only work to contain the main fire but also patrol for and contain spot fires.

Incident Name: Ute Park Fire

Start Date & Time: 05/31/18, 1410

Start Location: Near Highway 64 in Ute Park, NM, between Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron

Cause of Fire: Unknown

Area Vegetation: Grass and ponderosa pine

Acres Burned: 1,200

$50,000 Available to Help Fund Local Events

 Silver City – The Town of Silver City Community Promotions Lodger’s Tax process for funding local events has changed, and now offers two opportunities for applicants to apply and be considered for a maximum of $5,000 per event. The first of two deadlines this year is June 15, and the second is December 3. A total of $50,000 has been allocated for these awards.

An additional portion of Lodger’s Tax revenues will be used to hire a marketing firm, for the purpose of creating a unified branding strategy for the town. An "RFP" or Request for Proposal for the marketing firm will be released in early June and will be posted to the Town of Silver City website, www.townofsilvercity.org, along with the community promotions event applications.

Acres: 21,957
Start Date: May 22, 2018
Cause: Human-caused
Location: NE of Eagle Peak Lookout, Gila NF
Containment: 34%
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass, and understory)
Total personnel: 520

SANTA FE, NM – New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary Ken McQueen and State Forester Donald Griego today announced restrictions on fireworks, smoking, campfires and open fires on all state-owned land, as incidences of wildfires increase. Fire danger throughout the state is high due to warm temperatures, low humidity, high winds, and the abundance of dry, fine fuels. The restrictions will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018 and remain in effect until further notice on all state lands.
"We're urging all New Mexicans to follow the restriction guidelines on state lands and to be vigilant on their own private land to help protect lives and property from wildfire in their communities," said State Forester Donald Griego. "We also encourage local municipalities and counties to consider necessary and appropriate restrictions for their area if they haven't done so already."

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Silver City, NM, May 30, 2018—For Immediate Release.  Continued high temperatures and spring winds are increasing fire danger on the Gila National Forest.  In addition, fire crews and forest visitors have been reporting an increase in abandoned campfires in and around the Gila National Forest.  

A fire danger rating of VERY HIGH means that fires start easily from all causes and small fuels (such as grasses and needles) will ignite rapidly and immediately after ignition spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity. Small fires can quickly become large fires and exhibit extreme fire intensity such as long distance spotting. These fires can be difficult to control and will often become much larger and longer-lasting fires.

Acres: 20,300
Start Date: May 22, 2018
Cause: Under investigation
Location: NE of Eagle Peak Lookout, Gila NF
Containment: 34%
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass, and understory)
Total personnel: 490

General Information: The Buzzard Fire became very active yesterday along the southern edge with several runs up ridges and individual tree torching. Critical fire weather is again predicted for the next few days.

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