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Owl Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Marta Call
Phone: 575-388-8201
Hours: M-F 7-7, S-S 9-5

Due to monsoonal moisture over the fire area in the past few days, fire activity has been minimal on the Owl Fire. Crews continue with mopping up and patrolling. The Owl Fire is now 79% contained and 4,786 acres.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday June 30th, 2018 approx. 11:00 AM
Location12 miles west of Reserve, NM, 12 miles south of Luna, NM
Incident CommanderT. Ybarra, ICT4, L. Beaver ICT4(t)
Coordinates33.672 latitude, -108.978 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel29
Size4,786 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained79%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday August 01st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber, litter and understory, grass and understory

Significant Events

Minimal, creeping.


Planned Actions

Crews will continue to monitor Frieborn Canyon and do rehabilitation work on the fire line.

Projected Incident Activity

minimal fire growth due to precipitation and high RH


There is an area closure as follows: Starting at the junction of Forest Road 209 and US Highway 180 following US Highway 180 South to County Road 13. Heading west to Forest Road 209. North along Forest Road 209 to Forest Road 4. West along Forest Road 4 to Forest Road 4E. North along Forest Road 4E to Forest Trail 126 Frieborn Canyon. North along Forest Trail 126 to north side of section 5 Township 7S 21W. Following the north end of Section five and section 6 to Forest Road 900B. East along Forest Road 900B to Forest Road 900. Continuing east along Forest Road 900 to Forest Road 209. North along Forest Road 209 back to US Highway 180.

US Highway 180 and County Road 13 to Pueblo Park Campground will remain accessible to the public.

All roads and trail interior to this boundary description are closed.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Moisture will remain plentiful through early next week before a slow drying trend sets in. This will result in daily chances for wetting precipitation with locally heavy rainfall possible from a few of the thunderstorms. Additionally, gusty and erratic outflow winds of 40-45 mph will remain possible. Minimum RH values will run 30-40 percent through Monday, and then 20-30 percent for the rest of the week.