Battle by Air and Ground II - Images of the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire - Gila National Forest

Firefighters made good progress yesterday on the northeastern portions of the fire. Patrols will monitor that section of the fire today. Minimal smoke was visible from the Willow Creek area. Crews monitored and mopped-up in Mogollon. Along the southwest boundary, the fire moved sluggishly through the lower slopes and produced minimal short duration smoke columns. Reduced fire behavior was observed as the fire moved into gentle sloping hills of pinon and juniper. The fire in the southeastern section continued to slow and flank around the 2011 Miller and Lilley Fires. Today, firefighters are scouting the area along Gila Mountain Trail and the Middle Fork River for potential control lines. Should extreme fire behavior push the fire to the east, a contingency line is being constructed a safe distance east of the fires edge. Firefighters will strengthen containment lines south of the community of Mogollon. Catron County Sheriff's Office will lift the evacuation order in Mogollon effective Monday, June 4, 2012, to residents and business owners. On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, the community will be open to the public. - Via National Forest Service