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Start Date: June 30, 2018
Acres: ~1,850
Cause: Lightning
Location: 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Containment:
Total Personnel: 116

img 0713Photo Added: GRMC retiring chairman Jeremiah Garcia and CEO Taffy Arias

[Editor's Note: This is part one of a two- or three-part series on the GRMC Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, June 29, 2018.]

By Mary Alice Murphy

Retiring Gila Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees Chairman Jeremiah Garcia, as he brought the meeting to order, said: "This mallet has been used several times over the years I've been here. It will be an honor to set this gavel down."

Garcia asked for the honor to read the vision, mission and values of Gila Regional.

Chief Nursing Office Peggy White presented the safety moment. "I want to update the progression on safety in the Behavioral Health Unit. We are making major changes to make it safer for patients. We are 98 percent done, with just a few things left to do. The maintenance department has done an awesome to make it safer for our patients in such a short time."

Acres: ~100 Start Date: June 30, 2018

Cause: Lightning Location: 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF
Containment: Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Total Personnel: 56

General Information: The Owl Fire began on June 30, 2018. It is south of Aspen Mountain, near the Flying T trail in an inventoried roadless area (IRA). A Type 3 Incident Commander is on order. Smoke is visible from Luna, Rancho Grande Subdivision, and the Glenwood area.Fire Operations: Crews are scouting the fire for suppression opportunities and beginning indirect line preparation on Aspen Mountain Trail #506 and Forest Road 209. Yesterday, some torching was documented, but overall, the fire is burning on the ground with some backing and flanking.

Fire Safety/Closures: The district has temporarily closed the following trails: #506 Aspen Mountain, #21 Flying T Spring, #515 Dangerous Park, #44 Cottonwood, and #36 Camp Canyon for public safety. The Gila National Forest is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Fire Danger is still rated as VERY HIGH.

Fire Information: Fire information can be found at https://nmfireinfo.com/ and on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5883 /. For information on the Gila National Forest, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila 

Acres: ~10 Start Date: June 30, 2018

Cause: Lightning Location: 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF
Containment: Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Total Personnel: 56

General Information: This new start began on June 30, 2018. It is south of Aspen Mountain, near the Flying T trail in an inventoried roadless area (IRA).

Acres: 50, 296 Start Date: May 22, 2018

Cause: Human-caused Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF)
Containment: 90% Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Total Personnel: 109

General Information: Apache Creek Campground is open, all other closures regarding the Buzzard fire remain the same. The Buzzard Fire will be transitioning from the Type 3 Organization to a Type 4 Organization on Saturday at 6:00 a.m.

Photos and article by Alexis Rico

Indiana Bones visited the Silver City Public Library on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, as part of the Silver City Public Library summer reading program Libraries Rock! The event was educational and interactive fun for the whole family.

Mike McCartney, also known as Indiana Bones, used storytelling to combine history, archeology, paleontology, action, adventure, and puppetry with ancient legends, mythology, and folklore.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the regular Youth Advisory Committee, Sixth Judicial District Judge J.C. Robinson opened the meeting.

Committee member Priscilla Lucero pointed out that it would be preferable to have a committee board member to take notes. Robinson asked JPO (Juvenile Probation Office) Supervisor Rachel Medina to take notes.

Lucero noted that because a quorum was not present at the previous meeting, the minutes could be approved only for discussion purposes, as no action was taken.

Jemez Springs, NM — The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve is now 75% contained and remains at 416 acres. There has been no significant growth, but interior hot spots are a concern. Crews will continue to mop up the hot spot within the mixed conifer and aspen.

After a fire, the first priority is emergency stabilization in order to prevent further damage to life, property or natural resources. The stabilization work begins immediately and may continue for up to a year. The longer-term rehabilitation effort to repair damage caused by the fire begins after the fire is out and continues for several years. Rehabilitation focuses on the lands unlikely to recover naturally from wildland fire damage.

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