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Low to moderate fire growth due to high overnight recoveries.

Acres: ~4,500 Start Date: June 30, 2018
Cause: Lightning Location: 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory) Total Personnel: 276
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). Heavy fuels will continue to hold heat until substantial rainfall over the area.

Fire Operations: Crews will continue to prep Horse Mesa for ignitions, continue firing operations on Forest Road 209 and constructing line in Bull Basin. Air resources are assigned to the incident.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

The Southwest New Mexico Quilters held their annual quilt show at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center from July 2-4, 2018.

Carol Pickering organized the show, which featured 67 quilts and 30 donated for sale. Vendors also showed their wares.

Photos by Mary Alice Murphy

Silver City MainStreet Project held a fundraiser hosted by Patsy Madrid at Vintage Fantasies. Madrid came up with the idea to have glamour shots in her retail outlet of vintage clothing. For $20 per photo, individuals and groups could wear bright clothing and pose for glamour shots. The photographer was George Austin of Silver Imaging on Broadway, with his wife Melinda posing the subjects for the photos against a black backdrop.

Reserve, NM, July 6, 2018—For Immediate Release. The Gila National Forest has issued Forest Order #06-18-013 Buzzard Fire Temporary Area Closure Order for firefighter and public safety. Forest Order #06-18-005 has been rescinded and Forest Order #06-18-013 is effective immediately. See map below

All roads and trail interior the boundary described in the Forest Order and indicated on the attached map are closed with the exemption of:

Acres: ~4,100 Start Date: June 30, 2018

Cause: Lightning Location: 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory) Total Personnel: 276
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). Heavy fuels will continue to hold heat until substantial rainfall over the area.

Fire Operations: Crews will continue to prep Horse Mesa for ignitions, continue firing operations on Forest Road 209 and constructing line in Bull Basin to connect line to US Hwy 180. Air resources are assigned to the incident.

Fire Behavior: Fire behavior has been moderate to extreme, with single tree torching. Fire spread is primarily to the north and east, and visible from Alma, NM, along the US Hwy 180 corridor through Luna, NM. Smoke may also be visible in Alpine, AZ and Rancho Grande Subdivision.

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

By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Friday, June 29, 2018 regular Gila Regional Board of Trustees meeting, the first report was given by out-going Auxiliary President Frances Day. "I'd like to thank all of you for your support of the auxiliary and of your service to Gila Regional. Reporters, you are in my heart because of the tragedy in Maryland. We thank you for the work you do to cover the community."

"This is my swan song," Day said. "I won't be going anywhere, but my role will change. We have 72 members."

Gila Regional Chief Executive Officer Taffy Arias said: "We thank you for everything you've done for the hospital. You're a bulldog at getting things resolved."

 Acres: ~4,012 Start Date: June 30, 2018

Cause: Lightning Location: 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF
Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory) Total Personnel: 212
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). Heavy fuels will continue to hold heat until substantial rainfall over the area.

Fire Operations: Crews will prep Horse Mesa for ignitions, continue firing operations on Forest Road 209 and constructing line in Bull Basin to connect line to US Hwy 180. Air resources are assigned to the incident.

Silver City, NM, July 4, 2018—The Gila National Forest has issued Forest Order #06-18-011 Owl Fire Temporary Area Closure Order for firefighter and public safety.

All roads and trails in the interior of the boundary described in the Forest Order and indicated on the attached map are closed with the exemption of:

· Persons with a Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission

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