On June 29th, a lightning storm in the Peloncillo Mountains is believed to have started the Miller Fire within rough, remote country in the Bunk Robinson Wilderness Study Area. The Type 2 Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4, led by Incident Commander Carl Schwope, took over management duties of the fire this morning on the Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest. Firefighters are “spiked out” in multiple smaller fire camps surrounding the fire. The team was brought in to provide logistical, communication, and operational support for the firefighters on the fireline and communities most impacted with a primary objective of firefighter and public safety.
Fuels: Timber, brush and grass
Fire activity: The lightning caused Miller Fire is burning with low to moderate intensity in a mosaic pattern through the wilderness study area. The fire is currently burning in a remote uninhabited area. The current conditions allow natural fire to reduce fuel loads by decreasing woody species encroachment, such as oak, juniper, and manzanita, to increase herbaceous species production and enhance wildlife habitat.
Operations: There are ranches, cultural sites, and other values in the area outside of the current fire perimeter. Firefighters are taking actions to protect these areas of concern if the fire were to threaten them. Firefighters are actively working to improve the Geronimo Trail Road and other infrastructure to be utilized as fire control lines. Firefighters are scouting out options to construct fire control lines on the fire’s eastern side while minimizing impact to the roadless area and grazing allotments.
Weather: Today will be cloudy with a few afternoon cumulus clouds. High temperatures will peak in the middle 80s after a morning low near 65 degrees with afternoon minimum humidity levels bottoming out in the middle teens. A westerly breeze of 10 to 20 mph will develop in the afternoon with gusts of 20 to 25 mph.
Closures: There is a temporary flight restriction closure over the fire area. Citizens are encouraged to stay safely clear of fire area. The Geronimo Trail Road is currently open, but will close without notice due to fire activity and firefighters working off of the road. Check the Inciweb page below for updates.