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Photos by Frank Kenney

Photos by Frank Kenney

Photos by Frank Kenney

Photos by Frank Kenney

By Roger Lanse

Silver City police officers and detectives were dispatched to 225 F Street just after midnight Friday morning. According to blotter information, a caller to the Grant County Regional Dispatch Authority advised that a man wearing black shorts, gloves, and shirt was reportedly lying in the roadway near the curb bleeding from the head. Arriving officers requested EMS to attend to a male who was down and bleeding from the head and unresponsive, although he was thought to be breathing.

Start Date: June 21, 2018
Location: 4 miles north of Saliz Pass (Gila NF)
Acres: ~400
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Cause: Under Investigation
Containment: 0
Total Personnel: 170

General Information: On Thursday, June 21 a structure fire was reported northeast of Saliz Pass. The fire crossed US Highway 180 and impacted a Navopache Electric Power line and was threatening the Tucson Electric transmission line.

Fire Operations: Immediate response by engines, crews and air resources engaged in a full suppression strategy. Retardant was effective in checking fire spread towards the Tucson Electric Power (TEP) line. Navopache Electric line was impacted by the fire and resulted in power outages in Glenwood, NM. Crews were successful in anchoring on the east side of US Hwy 180, and nighttime firing operations occurred along US Hwy 180 to Cottonwood Campground. Navopache Electric Cooperative is assessing damage caused by the fire and have equipment on site to repair damaged infrastructure. Timeframes are yet to be determined when power will be re-established.

San Antonio Fire Statistics
Start Date: June 14, 2018, at 11:30 AM
Size: 416 acres
Location: Northwest area of Valles Caldera National Preserve
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 60%

The combination of infrared flights and firefighters walking around the majority of the fire's perimeter using handheld GPS devices determined the San Antonio Fire's acreage was much less than originally estimated.

Start Date: May 22, 2018
Location: 10 miles NE of Reserve, NM (Gila NF)
Acres: 49,449
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)
Cause: Human-caused
Containment: 82%
Total Personnel: 140

General Information: On Wednesday, June 19 a transfer of command to the Type 3 team occurred. The Type 3 Incident Commander is Scott Jones, with Marcus Cornwell as trainee. Firefighters will continue firing operations and suppression actions in the southwest corner of the fire's perimeter. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team are making good progress towards emergency treatments to protect life, property, natural and cultural resources.

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