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Johnson 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: 575-519-0103
Hours: M-F 7-9 p.m., S-S 8-6

The Johnson Fire is approximately 63,551 acres and is burning in the Gila Wilderness on the Gila National Forest. The acreage is the most accurate information taken from an infrared (IR) flight on Saturday evening. The suppression strategy for this fire is confine and contain. In the evening hours the fire will appear both larger and closer than it is due to the inability to reference its size to any physical landmarks. Yesterday’s continued hot and dry conditions brought active burning activities to the northwest corner of the fire as it moved into the upper reaches of Gobbler Canyon and up toward Mogollon Baldy Lookout. Firefighters began suppression activities on the Cross Fire, a new start detected north of the main fire. Crews continued to hold and secure control lines in White Rocks Canyon as the fire moved toward the West Fork of the Gila River. Fire growth occurred on the northern edge in Raw Meat Canyon and in the Miller Springs Cabin area. Helicopter bucket drops from Snow Lake were used to assist structure protection around Mogollon Baldy Lookout tower and cabin. Last night’s burn out operations around Mogollon Baldy Lookout were successful. Today mop up operations will continue on the Cross Fire. Crews will be inserted into the Raw Meat Canyon area to hold the fire from moving north of the West Fork of the Gila River. Firefighters will monitor White Rocks Canyon to secure control lines. The southern and western portions of the fire will again be monitored by air operations.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday May 20th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Location11 miles west of Gila Cliff Dwellings
Incident CommanderPedro Valenzuela, Brent Corkish (T)
Coordinates33.238 latitude, -108.473 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel158
Size63,551 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained11%
Estimated Containment DateThursday July 15th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory); tall grass 2.5 feet

Significant Events

Moderate Flanking, Backing Creeping. Fire continues to move on the south, east, and west perimeters. Majority of the movement is in drainage bottoms where there are continuous ground fuels. Burning is primarily in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine stands.Some uphill runs in fine fuel areas.


Planned Actions

Continue protection of Gila center/ Cliff dwellings. Monitor the fire by air on all sides N,E,S,W,. Keep

firefighters engaged on West creek trail (Div Gulf) to patrol where the fire has backed down to the creek


Projected Incident Activity

Growth is expected to be slightly higher than the previous operational shift. Due to weather

and alignment with topography.



Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High temperatures 88-92 *Low humidity's 5-6% *Gusty and erratic winds driven by topography. 11-16mph out of the Southwest.Poor overnight recovery 22-25%