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Elk 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: 575-388-8211
Hours: M-F 7-7, S-S 8-5

The Elk Fire, approximately 1180 acres, is burning on National Forest System lands on the Quemado Ranger District, Gila National Forest. The strategy for this incident is to suppress the fire to the smallest fire footprint. Lack of access and resistance to control, the ability of firefighters to suppress this fire will be extremely difficult and limited. The public should expect to see this fire continue to grow across the landscape. Firefighters will continue to assess and engage this fire where and when opportunities exist.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday June 06th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Location23 miles SE of Quemado
Incident CommanderDave Gesser ICT2
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates33.999 latitude, -108.251 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel125
Size1,819 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained89%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory)

Significant Events

Moderate, Flanking, Backing, Creeping

Minimal smoke production as fire may be flanking, backing, and creeping in small pockets of dead dry fuels. Some interior areas unavailable to burn.


Planned Actions

Monitor and patrol the fire edge. Complete suppression repair.

The current Incident Management Team will transfer command to an ICT4 tomorrow.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal movement within existing fire perimeter. Interior flanking, backing and creeping. Possible occasional single tree torching. Minimal smoke production as interior pockets consume.


Incident Command Team transfers command back to local unit tomorrow.

Last update unless significant activity occurs.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Dry weather with seasonal temperatures and winds will occur Tuesday and Wednesday. Then breezy to windy and very dry conditions are expected Thursday into the weekend with minimum humidity levels dropping below 10 percent during the afternoons with a Haines of 6 during the afternoon and evening hours.