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Black Fire

Unit Information

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

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The lightning-caused Black Fire remains at approximately 1,235 acres and is burning on National Forest System lands in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. This fire is approximately 74% contained.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday June 29th, 2019 approx. 08:00 AM
LocationAldo Leopold Wilderness area, 7 miles east of Black Canyon Campground
Incident CommanderR. Woods, ICT4
Coordinates33.164 latitude, -107.905 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1
Size1,235 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained74%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday July 30th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber, litter and understory and short grasses

Significant Events

Minimal, smoldering


Planned Actions

Continue to monitor from Forest Service lookout towers

Projected Incident Activity

Expect minimal fire behavior for the next couple of days as moisture has moved into the area.

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.