Gila National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3005 E. Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM 88061
The Elk fire is burning on National Forest System lands and a small portion of private land, approximately 23 miles southeast of Quemado, New Mexico. The fire is burning in remote and rugged terrain,
Dry weather, warmer temperatures, and early arriving gusty winds increased fire activity Thursday. Fire managers were unable to complete planned early morning ignitions, instead using the day to patrol for hazards, improve control features, and monitor hotspots. Travelers along NM Highway 12 were able to observe increased smoke the entire day.
Today our incident meteorologist has forecast elevated wind, single digit relative humidity, and high temperatures; ideal conditions for fire spread. The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch, one step below red flag conditions. Fire managers will continually assess conditions and deploy crews and engines appropriate to monitor, patrol, and hold existing lines.
Saturday’s forecast indicates much better conditions for fire operations.