Silver Fire Update - Black Range of the Gila National Forest

Silver Fire Update – Today the weather is transitioning from a mild moist air mass that has been over the Black Range for several days and will be replaced with hot dry air, strong winds and low humidity. The previous days’ favorable weather conditions allowed firefighters to make progress on construction of 3 miles of containment line. The 23,200 acre fire remains at five percent containment. There are now 586 firefighters working the fire including five helicopters, eight 20-person hotshot crews, five 20-person hand crews, 16 engines, two dozers, 11 water tenders and multiple aircraft. To ensure public safety, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness has been closed east of NM State Highway 152 from the Continental Divide National ScenicTrail #74 south to Reeds Peak. NM State Highway 152 from San Lorenzo to Hillsboro remains closed. Trail #79 and the Royal John Mine Road are also closed for public safety. For more information see or - Map and text via InciWeb | Photos via NMBR Silver Fire Photos in order: HWY 152 above South Percha, Gallinas Canyon, Mimbres River Valley