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Rael Fire


Rael Fire
Location: Reserve Ranger District on the Gila National Forest Rael Mesa Catron County, New Mexico Start Date: March 2, 2017 Size: 500 acres Cause: Under investigation Vegetation:... more


Approximate Location

33.8 latitude, -108.339 longitude

Incident Overview

The Rael Fire, on the Reserve Ranger District and geographically located on Rael Mesa at the southern end of the Plains of San Augustine, was reported today at approximately 1130 a.m. The fire is estimated at 500 acres and is burning in tall grass. While this fire is under the jurisdiction of New Mexico State Forestry, suppression is by interagency efforts with Gila National Forest and Catron County Volunteer Fire Departments. Please see news release.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday March 02nd, 2017 approx. 11:30 AM
Location30 miles NE of the town of Reserve, NM
Incident CommanderS.Norton, ICT4
Incident Description

Current Situation

Total Personnel20
Size1,500 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday March 07th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Tall grass (approx. 2.5 feet)

Significant Events

Creeping in grass with intermittent uphill runs


Planned Actions

Stop progression on southwest/west side of fire

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

warm day time temps with drain dominated winds

Unit Information

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Gila National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
New Mexico
Silver City, NM 88061

Incident Contact

Shilow Norton
Phone: 575-533-6231
Hours: M-F 8-430

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