Southwest Area Incident Management Team (IMT) 4 was ordered by the Coronado National Forest on July 2 to manage a fire located in the Peloncillo Mountains, in southwestern New Mexico. The lightning-caused fire was reported on June 29th, and the decision was made to bring in the IMT to help with the logistical challenges of managing the incident.
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.
The Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross has deployed 3 local volunteers to assist with the fatal bus crash that occurred Thursday afternoon near Gallup, New Mexico. A team of Red Cross volunteers from the New Mexico Chapter and Phoenix Chapter arrived on the scene yesterday. They will join more than 20 Red Cross volunteers who are already deployed to New Mexico.
The Greater Phoenix Chapter of the American Red Cross has deployed more than 20 Arizona volunteers to assist with the fatal bus crash that occurred Thursday afternoon near Gallup, New Mexico. A team of Red Cross volunteers from the New Mexico Chapter and Phoenix Chapter arrived on the scene yesterday. Additional volunteers will be arriving later today.
The Skeleton Fire is burning in grass and brush in Skeleton Canyon on the historic surrender site of Apache Chief Geronimo. It has increased slightly in size since yesterday.
The fire is being managed for multiple objectives and has grown to approximately 900 acres today. Crews have established control features along Forest roads 702 and 703 and used burnouts as necessary to contain fire movement within those barriers.