| Black Fire Daily Update – May 20, 2022NM Fire Info
Crews build line of fire as red flag warning continues on black light
Community meeting scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. in Truth or Consequences
Daily update 05/20/2022
|Acres: 104,969 acres
Location: 31 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences
|Start date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Cause: Human-made, under investigation
Fuels: Woods and tall grass
Announcement: the the public is invited to the community meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Ralph Edward Civic Center, 400 West 4th St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901. It will also be streamed live on the Gila National Forest Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GilaNForest. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the meeting.
Fire Update: On Thursday, the Black Fire showed active fire behavior with climbs and scouting on the north, east and south flanks. The eastern flank of the fire showed more activity from the evening hours overnight until just before sunrise. Firefighters continued to actively assess the number of structures at risk.
A red flag warning remains in effect Friday, with strong winds in the forecast. The fire moves east, northeast and southeast. Firefighters will focus their operations on the preparation and construction of direct and indirect lines of control and the use of point protection tactics to protect private property, critical infrastructure and other valuables. Manual ignitions are used to increase the depth of the line of fire where needed.
Evacuations: Several areas have been evacuated or are about to be evacuated. Sheriffs in Grant, Catron, and Sierra counties use the Ready, set, go program to notify residents of evacuation status. For detailed information on Ready, set, go ! New Mexicoto visit https://www.emnrd.nm.gov/sfd/fire-prevention-programs/ready-set-go-new-mexico/.
In coordination with Grant, Catron, and Sierra counties, the following areas are under evacuation status:
TO GO – Zone 2: Encompasses part of Catron and Sierra counties, including Round Mountain, Diamond Bar Ranch, Me Own Work Center, Links Ranch, Lookout Mountain and Sugar Loaf Peak
TO GO – Area 4: Areas of Sierra County including Hermosa and Mud Spring Mountain POSITION – Zone 1 Encompasses parts of Catron and Sierra counties, including Beaverhead and Poverty Creek
TO GO – Area 5: Areas of Grant County including Corridor 150 1.5 south of Tom Moore Trailhead
POSITION – Area 3: Areas of Sierra County including Winston and Chloride
POSITION – Area 6: Areas of Grant County, including the scattered area south of the Black Canyon access point along the 150 corridor
READY – Zone 7: areas of Grant County including the 150 Rocky Point CDST Corridor and Rocky Canyon Campground
Evacuation maps can be viewed at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8103/
Weather: A low pressure system will exit the Great Basin causing red flag conditions on the black light today. Highs will be 78-82 with southwest-west winds around 20 mph and gusts up to 35-40 mph. Winds are expected to ease on Saturday with cooler temperatures.
Road closures: County Road 59, between Beaverhead and junction 59/52, and portions of Forest Road 150 (aka North Star Mesa Road or Wall Lake Road). I-25 and other state highways remain open.
Smoke: The black fire produces thick smoke that can be seen from all over the state. The smoke drifts east, affecting much of New Mexico before moving north into Texas. To visit https://fire.airnow.gov/ for more information.
Air restrictions: Air tankers, helicopters and water scoops are assisting firefighters’ suppression efforts. There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) above the black light to allow official aviation resources to operate safely. The use of drones by members of the public under a temporary flight restriction is prohibited. Firefighting aircraft cannot fly if any aircraft, including drones, violate the restriction, this also poses a danger to firefighters on the ground leaving them without air support.
Fire Restrictions: The Gila National Forest entered Phase 2 of fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2022. Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/gila/alerts-notices/?aid=73002. The New Mexico State Forester has implemented statewide fire restrictions. Information is available at https://www.emnrd.nm.gov/sfd/find-current-fire-restrictions/.
Information on the fires in New Mexico: https://nmfireinfo.com/
Telephone lines: Public: 575-249-1264; Media: 575-249-1294; Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
E-mail: [email protected]