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Buzzard Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Marta Call
Phone: 575-388-8211
Hours: M-F 8-6; SS 10-4

Marta Call
Phone: 575-388-8211
Hours: M-F 8-6; SS 10-4

Highlighted Activity

06/19/2018 Gila National Forest Moving to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
The Gila National Forest is rescinding the order for Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and moving to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective immediately. In addition, Fire Danger has been modified down to Very...
Announcement - 06/19/2018
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General Information: Apache Creek Campground is open, all other closures regarding the Buzzard fire remain the same.

Fire Operations: Minimal fire behavior has been observed, crews will continue to monitor and mop up. Due to inaccessible terrain, the southern portion of the Buzzard fire perimeter will not be fully contained until substantial rainfall occurs over the fire area.

Rehabilitation: The BAER Suppression repair work is also getting close to being completed, with the exception of removing hazard trees along the Eagle Peak road and FR 94 where there is high severity areas. The fire suppression repair and rehabilitation crews will continue to work a feller buncher removing roadside hazard trees, an excavator, and a dozer to construct water bars and pull material over control lines to aid in revegetation on the southeast side.

Fire Safety/Closures: The Gila National Forest is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Fire Danger is still rated as VERY HIGH. The area around the fire remains closed for public safety until lifted by the Gila National Forest. Roadblocks have been set up by local law enforcement. In support of this closure, the Continental Divide Trail has been rerouted around the fire closures. The trail reroute map is available at More closure information is available at

Fire Information: Fire information can be found at For information on the Gila National Forest, please visit or join the conversation on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @GilaNForest.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday May 22nd, 2018 approx. 03:00 PM
Location10 miles east of Reserve New Mexico
Incident CommanderScott Jones, ICT3, Marcus Cornwell, ICT3(t)
Coordinates33.724 latitude, -108.538 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel109
Size50,296 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained85%
Estimated Containment DateThursday July 05th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory)

Significant Events

Minimal, smoldering, creeping


Planned Actions

Hold and secure line.

Projected Incident Activity

Backing and flanking fire in Kiehne, Piney and Gabe Canyons


An area closure is in effect for the fire area (Order No. 6-18-005). Road closures exist at FR 233 at Hwy 12; FR 94 at FR 054; FR 47 at FR 4038D. Portions of the Continental Divide Trail are closed to the public, the trail has been re-routed. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Gila National Forest.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot and dry conditions, but there will be a little increase in low level moisture from the east and southeast later Sunday night and again Tuesday evening. Afternoon winds will become lighter going into next week.