There was minimal activity yesterday on the Miller Fire. It is still burning with low to moderate intensity in a mosaic pattern through the Bunk Robinson wilderness study area. While fire activity is expected to remain moderated, strong winds associated with thunderstorms could produce rapid fire spread. Currently, smoke is dissipating within a few miles of the incident, but there may be an increase in smoke production with next weeks predicted weather.
Meeting Information: On July 6th, there will be a community meeting held at the Rodeo Community Center at 16 Hickory St., Rodeo, New Mexico, 88056 at 5:00 MST/6:00 MDT. The meeting, as well as daily operational briefing videos, will be recorded and posted to the Coronado National Forest Facebook page.
Operations: Helicopters are dropping water on the fire perimeter in areas wherever excessive heat production is not beneficial to forest health and to slow fire progression. Crews constructed three miles of handline east of the Bunk Robinson Wilderness Study Area boundary. Control line preparation work on the Geronimo Trail Road has been completed, but work continues today on spur roads. Two engines and three helicopters will be dedicated to initial attack on any new fires due to forecasted lightning over the next few days. Firefighters may need to conduct burnout operations if the main fire approaches portions of the control lines. With ranches, cultural sites, and other values in the area outside of the fire perimeter, firefighters are taking actions to protect these areas of concern should the fire move to threaten them.
Weather: Mostly cloudy today with a chance for a few showers and thunderstorms mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. There is potential for strong outflow winds and dry lightning with the strongest storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s with an afternoon minimum humidity between 25 to 30 percent. Outside of thunderstorm influences, the general winds will be light out of the southwest.
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.
Start Date: June 29, 2019
Total personnel: 275
Location: Peloncillo Mtns N. M.
Fuels: Timber, brush, and grass