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Kerr Fire Update May 27, 2017
Location: 17 miles northeast of Reserve, New Mexico Start Date: May 1, 2017 Size: 11,886 acres Contained: 75% Cause: Lightning Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine, Gambel Oak, Piñon/Juniper .. more


Approximate Location

33.803 latitude, -108.474 longitude

Incident Overview

Hand ignitions along FR94

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The current strategy for the Kerr fire will continue as planned by utilizing this opportunity to allow fire to treat the fire dependent vegetation within the management area. Fire effects within the areas that have burned have removed heavy fuel loads, decreased forest tree densities and decreased ladder fuels. These effects within the John Kerr Peak area have reduced the threat of future undesirable fire effects.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday May 01st, 2017 approx. 01:45 PM
LocationJohn Kerr Peak
Incident CommanderToby Richards ICT3, USFS Jeff Campbell ICT3 (T), USFS

Current Situation

Total Personnel27
Size11,886 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Estimated Containment DateSunday May 28th, 2017 approx. 06:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber with grass understory

Significant Events

Moderate, creeping, single tree torching, flanking, backing


Planned Actions

Resources will continue patrolling the fire perimeter and monitoring the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

Resources will continue patrolling the fire perimeter and monitoring the fire. Gila Hotshot crew

will be released from fire at end of shift tomorrow (05/27/2017).

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM MDT FRIDAY.. Strong, gusty winds will be the main concern over the coming days as a deep west-southwest flow develops over the region. Relative humidities will be back into the single digits so critical fire weather conditions are expected. Winds will be on the decrease this weekend with a shift more to the south and southeast by Memorial day which will bring increased moisture and a daily chance for showers and thunderstorms. FRIDAY..Sky/weather.........Sunny (0-10 percent). Chance of pcpn......0 percent. LAL.................1. Max temperature.....Around 74Min humidity........7-8 percent. Wind (20 ft)........Southwest winds 12 to 20 mph with gusts to around 35 mph. Haines Index........3 to 5 or very low potential for large plume dominated fire growth.

Unit Information

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Gila National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3005 E Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM 88061

Incident Contact

Sharma Chavez
Phone: 575-533-6231

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