Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire - Gila National Forest - New Mexico

Fire Update - June 23, 2012: Date Started: 05/16/2012 - Number of Personnel: 18 - Cause: Lightning - Size: 297,800 acres (465 square miles) - Percent Contained: 87

As of the last update, June 19, 2012, and infrared mapping of the fire, the fire's acreage is now 297,800 acres. There is still fire activity in the interior of the fire although it has cooled-down considerably in Turkey Creek drainage on the south end of the fire. Smoke will continue to be visible from the interior smoldering and burning pockets of woody material. Aircraft will continue to patrol the fire area as needed. Incident Commander, Tory Kendrick will oversee the management of the Whitewater-Baldy Complex and work closely with the Gila National Forest ranger districts on coordination of firefighting resource needs. Through the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, the Forest Service is working with other federal agencies and local, state, and tribal governments to plan, prevent, and safely respond to wildland fires across all lands and jurisdictions. For additional information regarding the post fire-flood assessment go to the Whitewater-Baldy Complex BAER page at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2900/. - Via U.S. Forest Service