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Willow Fire

Unit Information

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

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General Information: Due to the moderation of fire activity, the Willow Fire will transfer command Saturday, June 16, 2018 morning to a Type 4 organization.

The Willow Fire is burning on Willow Mountain and in the headwaters of Willow Creek. The fire is currently burning in the Whitewater-Baldy Fire scar (2012) in heavy dead and down fuels. The majority of the fire perimeter is in the Gila Wilderness.

Fire Operations: The fire received light precipitation. Crews continued to monitor the fire, assess structures for an updated structure plan for Willow Creek, and prep around Bearwallow Lookout.

Closures: The Gila National Forest has implemented a temporary closure order (Forest Order 06-18-009) for public health and safety. We ask that the public respect the closure order for their safety and the safety of firefighting crews working in the area. NM Hwy 159 is closed at mile post 12 into Willow Creek.

Smoke from fire rises up and away during the daytime, but in the evening smoke can settle in canyons, drainages, and basins. For information on air quality and protecting your health, and to find guidance on distances and visibility, please visit Fire information can be found at and on Inciweb at

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday June 10th, 2018 approx. 12:45 PM
Location6 miles east of Mogollon, NM
Incident CommanderB.Crumb, ICT5
Incident DescriptionWildfire In Fire Scar Slash
Coordinates33.359 latitude, -108.675 longitude

Current Situation

Size600 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Heavy fire scar slash, timber and litter understory

Significant Events



Planned Actions

Monitor fire with ground resources. Continue opening trails impacted by fire for Mogollon Baldy LO access. Willow Creek CG has opened and anticipate opening NM Hwy 159/Bursum Road tomorrow. Transition to ICT5 Thursday 6/28.

Projected Incident Activity

Projected incident activity is minimal

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Predicted lightning and heavy rains.