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3005 E. Camino del Bosque 
Silver City, 
88061 
3005 E. Camino del Bosque 
Silver City, 
88061 

Incident Contacts

Black Fire Information
Email: larry.smith@usda.gov
Phone: 575-388-8201

Highlights: The first objective of any fire operation is public and firefighter safety; this is ongoing after the fire is contained or even extinguished. In an effort to reduce the secondary damage caused by erosion the primary focus is to repair those activities that were used in containing the fire by repairing hand and dozer lines, installing water diversion, and restoring the natural contours. This activity is called suppression repair and it is the current focus on the Black Fire.

Containment versus Completion: In order to achieve containment, it is necessary to utilize man made barriers, natural barriers and even previously burned areas to ensure no progression of the fire. The remaining uncontained side of the fire to the south is within a dense area of standing dead trees from the 2013 Silver Fire that is very steep and difficult to traverse. These hazardous conditions, along with adverse weather, have prevented firefighters from accessing this area to confirm any additional containment. With a total fire perimeter of approximately 329 miles, firefighters would have to carefully inspect and feel for heat (with a bare hand) the fire perimeter to add to the overall containment.

Weather: The plume of deeper monsoon moisture will reestablish back over the Gila and Black Range region, keeping fire weather conditions quite low. The period will feature cooler than normal temperatures and high humidity levels, with each day bringing very good chances for scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms.

Evacuations: All Fire related evacuations have been lifted, however visitors and residents in the area of the Black Fire should stay attuned to the national weather service for flash flood watches and warnings.

Closures: The Black Fire Emergency Closure remains in effect on National Forest System lands around the Black Fire area. Additional information is available on the Gila National Forest website. Please continue to use caution in the area and be mindful of increased fire traffic. There is no immediate plan to lift this closure, it will be weather dependent as public safety dictates. 

Basic Information
Current as of Sat, 07/02/2022 - 09:21
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Human Caused
Date of Origin
Location 24 miles N of Mimbres
Incident Commander Dean Chambers Incident Commander
Billy Trujillo IC-Trainee
Incident Description 24 miles north of Mimbres, NM
Coordinates 33° 12' 13'' Latitude
-108° 3'
33
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel: 86
Size 325,136 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 70%
Estimated Containment Date 2022-08-01 00:00:00
Fuels Involved

Dormant Brush, Hardwood Slash
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Light Logging Slash

Fire is currently located in the Silver Fire scar. Fuels are a mix of grass and brush with a heavy dead and down component. Many of the canyon bottoms have pine stringers present with some understory component. All fuels are responding to the onset of Monsoon moisture. Energy Release Component for the Predictive Service Area is reflecting a significant seasonal drop in values, with the current value now well below seasonal averages and continuing to drop.

Significant Events

Minimal
Smoldering

Fire has stalled due to moisture received. Limited areas of heat remain associated with areas of heavy fuel loading and presence of heavy dead and down. Minimal movement is expected. Fire conditions are becoming representative for this time of year and are not conducive to large fire spread due to increased fuel moistures and elevated relative humidity.

Outlook
Planned Actions

Although the threat of erratic fire behavior is very low fire damaged trees that are weakened and could fall and cause serious injury to fireline personnel, buildings and other infrastructure.

Suppression repair continues in all areas affected by suppression activities. Transition to a type 3 team occurred on 6/27/22 at 6 pm. Plans are being made to transition to a Type 4 incident effective 7/3/22 at 6pm

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Minimal movement expected.

24 hours: Minimal movement expected.

48 hours: Minimal movement expected.

72 hours: Minimal movement expected.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Minimal movement expected.

Remarks

A Black Fire Emergency Closure Order is in effect for areas of the Wilderness Ranger District on the Gila National Forest. The identified areas, and roads and trails therein, are closed to public access due to an uncontained wildfire. Forest Service Road 150 is closed to public access please respect the closure for your safety

Current Weather
Weather Concerns

For the next week the monsoonal pattern continues to strengthen with chance of measurable precipitation ranging from 70% on Saturday and Thursday to 90% on Tuesday. This has the potential to be moderate to heavy rain and accompanied with thunderstorms some of which will be severe. With the continued moisture the potential for flash floods remains high so stay attuned for changing conditions