Fire Activity: Recent rains have significantly decreased activity within the fire’s perimeter. Hot spots are still located within the interior, but no heat has been detected along the perimeter’s edge.
Objectives: Objectives for this lightning-caused fire include firefighter and public safety, protecting values at risk, and managing the fire for resource benefit. Efforts have already begun to repair areas affected by firefighting operations. This effort will include dispersing excess vegetation and cutting and stacking larger woody material. Water bars will also be installed on several handlines cut on the eastern side of the fire. All of which will improve range, wildlife habitat, and watershed conditions.
Fire Activity: Fire activity has lessened significantly over the fire due to recent rains. Today, the fire activity in finer, grassy fuels is expected to increase as they dry out due to hotter and drier weather moving into the area. This weather pattern will continue for the next two days.
Meeting Information: The Miller Fire public meeting was held last night at the Rodeo Community Center. We thank those who attended from surrounding communities. Video excerpts of the meeting will be posted to the Coronado National Forest Facebook page https://biturl.org/MillerPublicMeeting.
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.
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.