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Tadpole Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Marta Call
Phone: 575-519-0103
Hours: M-F 7-7; S-S 10-5

Andrew Mitchell
Phone: 626-759-6876
Hours: M-Sun 0800-1700

Public Information Map, June 28, 2020Image options: [ Full Size ]

 Location:  5 miles north of Pinos Altos, NM                                      Size:  ~ 11,159 acres

Start Date:  June 06, 2020                                                                     Cause:  Lightning            Vegetation:  Trees and Brush                                                              Containment: 70%   Strategy/Summary:   The Tadpole Fire has not advanced in the last few days. Interior smokes are being monitored by fire crews. Crews continue to monitor fire lines and check for hotspots. Highway 15 has been reopened. When traveling for the holiday weekend use caution at all times. Fire crews and apparatus will be present throughout the holiday weekend.  For public safety the fire area closure remains in effect.     Weather: Warm and dry conditions are predicted for the fire area. Minimum relative humidity will be in the teens along and west of the river while 20s are expected east on Saturday. Relative humidity will fall into the teen’s area wide for the lowlands Sunday. Winds will be generally in the 5-15 mph range.   For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at: or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday June 06th, 2020 approx. 01:45 PM
LocationTadpole Ridge, 2.5 miles north of Pinos Altos NM.
Incident CommanderB. Trujillo, ICT4
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates32.954 latitude, -108.273 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel22
Size11,159 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained74%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday July 18th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass, understory), brush (2 ft), chaparral (6 ft)

Significant Events

Minimal, smoldering


Planned Actions

Monitor fire behavior along TX Mtn., Wilson Creek and NM Hwy 15;use direct suppression tactics in Wilson to stop fire spread. Continue to monitor private in-holding. Rehab work continuing on fire.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire stops moving in Wilson Creek. Fire stops spreading to the west around private in-holding.Rehab is continuing.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Strengthening high pressure aloft will greatly diminish or even completely eliminate rain chances in the days to come. An extended period of dry and very hot weather is expected. While min RH values will drop daily to around 10 percent, winds are expected to remain light. Stable conditions will result in poor smoke dispersal at night, but increased mixing heights and a moderate transport wind will help vent rates each afternoon.