| Delete Repair Continues Despite Rains On Black Fire NM Fire Info

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June 22, 2022 Daily Update

SOUTH WEST REGION

INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM

TEAM 4 – AARON HULBURD – INCIDENT COMMANDER

Acres: 325,128 acres

Containment: 68%

Total staff: 835

Cause: Human-made, under investigation

Start date: Friday, May 13, 2022

Location: 31 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences, NM

Fuels: Woods and tall grass

Strong points: Firefighters on the Black Fire work diligently through wind and rain on fire suppression repair efforts. Fire suppression repair involves a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair damage and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities. Suppression repair usually begins before the fire is fully contained. This work includes repairing hand and bulldozer lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression efforts. Removal repair by the Incident Management Team is an initial effort to reduce negative impacts and is separate from Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) and Burn Area Repair (BAR) efforts. .

Operations: Minimal fire activity occurred yesterday in the southwestern portion of the blaze near Water Canyon as thunderstorms developed and passed over the black fire. An elite team was sent to Water Canyon to build an additional fire line around the Forest Service cabin. Once the line was completed, the crew searched for and extinguished any remaining hot spots. Today more equipment will be brought to the west side of the fire area to help repair fire lines and mulch residual vegetation. On the northern perimeter of the fire, grading work is nearly complete with a small portion remaining on the Titanic Road. Crews conduct reconnaissance on foot and by air to identify repair needs on the eastern perimeter. Shredders move into this area to further mulch and disperse vegetation. With the help of the helicopter crew, the crews plan to reassemble the hoses and sprinkler equipment from the Forest Service Lodge. In northern La Percha, firefighters are completing a small amount of handline and bulldozer repair work. As the blaze winds down, the firefighters are released to return home to rest and prepare for their next fire mission.

Time: Deep monsoon humidity remains in place today, with the possibility of some thunderstorms producing heavy rain. Mostly cloudy skies, cool daytime temperatures and high humidity levels will occur through Thursday morning. Less moisture Thursday into the weekend will result in warmer temperatures, lower humidity, and reduced thunderstorm coverage.

Evacuations: All evacuation and evacuation preparedness levels have been raised for communities in Sierra, Grant and Catron counties. The real-time interactive evacuation map has been revised to reflect this change.

Closures: The Black Fire emergency closure remains in effect on National Forest System lands around the Black Fire area. Additional information is available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gila/alerts-notices/?aid=73435. Route 152 remains open from mile post 40 (Kingston) to mile post 15 (San Lorenzo). Please continue to exercise caution in the area and watch for increased fire traffic.

Restrictions: Know before you go! The public can get current information on state and federal fire restrictions throughout New Mexico at NM Fire Info | NM Forestry Division Statewide Fire Restrictions or Fire Restrictions.

Security: The health and safety of firefighters and the public is always the top priority. Members of the public should stay clear of Black Fire operations. A temporary flight restriction is in place over the Black Fire area, which includes unmanned aircraft or drones. For more information on the dangers drones pose to wildfire-fighting aircraft and ground personnel, go to: https://uas.nifc.gov/.

Information: Due to reduced fire activity, daily updates and maps will no longer be displayed on information boards in areas west and north of the Black Fire.

Fire updates are posted on InciWeb, the Gila National Forest Facebook and Twitter pages, and NM Fire Information.

E-mail: [email protected] Call: (575)-249-1264 Working hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Black Fire Daily Update, Wednesday, June 22
Black Fire card, Wednesday, June 22
Black Fire Progress Map, Wednesday, June 22

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