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Gila Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team
Ricky Cox—Incident Commander
Buzzard Fire

Fire Suppression Repair Begins on Southwest Side of Buzzard Fire
June 15, 2018 Daily Update
Acres: 45,151 Start Date: May 22, 2018
Cause: Human-caused Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF)
Containment: 74% Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Total Personnel: 362
General Information: Trace amounts of rain and higher relative humidity caused the fire activity to lessen on Thursday. With control line construction completed and minimal fire activity on the southwest side, fire suppression repair and rehabilitation are beginning. Firefighters are monitoring the fire’s growth and assessing suppression repair needs. Seeding has been completed on control lines on the eastern portion and crews continue to work with an excavator to repair and rehabilitate control lines. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team will begin assessments of the fire area to recommend emergency treatments for erosion control.

The United States Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) Lower Colorado Region and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (NMISC) are preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the New Mexico Unit (NM Unit) of the Central Arizona Project (CAP). The proposed NM Unit would be a water diversion, storage, conveyance and delivery system for agricultural use. The NM Unit would divert water from the Gila River or its tributaries in New Mexico including the San Francisco River and convey it for storage in off-stream storage sites in the Cliff-Gila Valley, along the San Francisco River and in the Virden Valley in New Mexico, and deliver it to the target New Mexico water users.

The attached newsletter announces the public scoping period, during which Reclamation and the NMISC are soliciting public comments and gathering input on the issues to be analyzed in the EIS. Eight scoping meetings are scheduled during the scoping period beginning on June 12, 2018. Comments will be accepted until July 20, 2018. Issues raised by the public will be used to focus the analysis of the EIS and formulate additional alternatives, if needed. These alternatives will be analyzed within the EIS in addition to the proposed action and the No Action alternative.

Jemez Springs, NM — The San Antonio Fire began earlier this afternoon on Valles Caldera National Preserve. The lightning-caused fire has burned over 100 acres in the northwest corner of the preserve. Fire crews are working on the ground and in the air to suppress the fire burning in ponderosa pine and Douglas fir stands.

Resources on scene and en route include multiple engines, one hot shot crew, air tac, helicopter, and two air tankers. A Type 3 fire team has been ordered and will assume command Friday morning.

Cottonwood Fire - June 14, 2018 4:45 p.m.


Acres: 20 acres Percent Containment: 0%
Start Date: June 14, 2018 Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Jurisdiction: Private Fuels: Grass, brush, timber
Origin Location: Vermejo Ranch area, Raton, NM, 12 miles north of Cimarron, NM
Latitude: 36.44 35
Longitude: -104 55.07
Resources: 1 crew, 2 helicopters, 4 engines, additional resources ordered

Caroline Baldwin and her daughter Lydia will be participating in the Air Race Classic again this year – again, as race team #29. Caroline's granddaughter Cara is not racing. Cara is now an employee with SkyWest and is training for co-pilot / first officer position.

"Lydia and I depart on Friday morning (June 15) from Silver City for Sweetwater, TX," Caroline said. "After a few days of briefings, plane inspections, and banquet, we will all be anxious for race start on Tuesday, June 19." 

In cooperation with Air Race Classic partner MAProgress, the ARC website will display the 2018 race course overlaid on a map of the United States. Each stop is clearly marked; race fans can watch the racers’ progress as they proceed along the course.

Gila Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team
Ricky Cox—Incident Commander

Increased Smoke Due to Firing Operations
June 14, 2018 Daily Update
Acres: 44,402 Start Date: May 22, 2018
Cause: Human-caused Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF)
Containment: 74% Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Total Personnel: 384

General Information: As control lines were connected and completed on the southwest side of the fire, crews conducted firing operations to burn out and secure the lines. These operations along with the fire burning in heavier fuels increased the smoke in the air on Wednesday. Local residents can expect a greater amount of smoke settling into low land areas during the evening and early morning hours. Firefighters continue to monitor the fire’s progression and prepare for further firing operations as needed to keep up with the fire’s spread.

Acres: 574 acres Percent Containment: 0%

Start Date: June 10, 2018, 2:10pm Cause: Lightning
Jurisdiction: Glenwood Ranger District, Gila National Forest
Origin Location: 6 miles east of Mogollon, NM Fuels: Timber (Litter and Understory)
Resources: 56 personnel
General Information: The Willow Fire is burning on Willow Mountain and in the headwaters of Willow Creek. The fire is currently burning in the Whitewater-Baldy Fire scar (2012) in heavy dead and down fuels. The majority of the fire perimeter is in the Gila Wilderness.

A weather pattern forecast is lining up to produce precipitation over the fire area Friday and Saturday. Along with the rain may come lightning, strong down draft winds and unstable weather conditions.

Location: Mile post 38 on US Hwy 180, north of Alma, NM, Glenwood Ranger District

Start Date: June 11, 2018

Cause: Human Caused

Vegetation: grasses

Resources: 3 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 3 engine, 1 Type 2 IA Crew, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 2 SEATs, and 1 Utility Chase Truck

Size: ~ 80 acres

Containment: 100% as of June 12.

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