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South 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 8-6

Map of South and Black Fire 07/04/2019Image options: [ Full Size ]

The lightning-caused South Fire remains at 3,060 acres, burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. It received some precipitation on Sunday and today, which decreased fire activity.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday June 29th, 2019 approx. 07:45 PM
Location5-1/2 miles east of FSR 150, Gila National Forest
Incident CommanderA. James, ICT4
Coordinates33.23 latitude, -107.97 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel11
Size3,060 Acres
Fuels Involved

Short grass, timber and grass understory. Dead and downed logs from previous fire activity in 2009 (Diamond-Meason)

Significant Events

Moderate, creeping and smoldering


Planned Actions

continue to monitor using Forest Service lookouts and aerial reconnaissance.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire is currently spreading in a northeasterly direction with little spread to the west.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A continued monsoonal pattern is expected as we head into the weekend, with daily thunderstorm chances. Rain chances will be highest over mountain zones. Temperatures will be slightly above normal with afternoon min RH in the 20-30% range over the weekend.

Weak afternoon winds will lead to Fair to Good ventilation rates most days. A backdoor cold front arrives on Sunday with slightly cooler temperatures behind it. Winds will turn to the east along with increased moisture and lift promoting more numerous thunderstorm coverage Monday and Tuesday, with localized flooding the primary threat.