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Ghost 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 Ghost Fire, reported on Saturday, August 3 is approximately 40 acres, burning on National Forest System lands in Catron County, NM. It is burning in ponderosa pine pinyon juniper, oak, and grass approximately 3 miles east of Collins Park. The crew and two engines plan to keep the fire south of the Bursum Road in Y Canyon, east of FR 4047U, and north of FR 4047Z. The fire is visible from Elk Springs Subdivision and NM Highway 12 as crews burn out in advance of the fire. The Fire is exhibiting moderate to low fire effects. This particular area is drier than most of the surrounding area, but is anticipated to receive rain with the current forecast.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday August 03rd, 2019 approx. 01:45 PM
Location5 miles north of Elk Springs subdivision and 11 miles southeast of Reserve NM
Incident CommanderW. Shellhorn, ICT5
Coordinates33.662 latitude, -108.411 longitude

Current Situation

Size1,770 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained60%
Estimated Containment DateThursday August 08th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and understory)

Significant Events

moderate, backing


Planned Actions

Monitor as needed

Projected Incident Activity

12 hrs: Burn out and hold confinement boundary

24 hrs: Monitor interior fire effects and hold existing line

48 hrs: Continue to mop up and secure line

72 hrs: demob most resources.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Outflow winds and lightning from thunder cells

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