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Wagonbed Fire

Unit Information

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

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Wagonbed Fire - July 3, 2019

Wagonbed Fire Wildfire
News – 7/3/2019

Location: 12 miles south of Winston, NM, Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest

Start Date: June 29, 2019

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: pinyon juniper mixed with grasses

Resources: twoType 2 Initial Attack (IA) crews, four Hot Shot crews, two FS engines, seven smokejumpers

Size: ~445 acres

Containment: 80%

Incident Commander: Matt Britt, ICT3, Colten Moor, ICT3(t)

Summary: The Wagonbed Fire, is burning on National Forest System Lands on the Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest, Sierra County, New Mexico. The strategy for this fire is full suppression. Mapping of the fire line has given a more accurate accounting of the acreage. Today’s operations include continuing to secure the perimeter. Over the next 3-4 days fire managers will start to release resources and transition to a Type 3 organization.

Smoke is visible from the town of Winston, Hermosa, and Truth or Consequences, NM. Smoke from fire rises up and away during the daytime, but in the evening can pool down in canyons, drainages, and basis. For information on air quality and protecting your health, and to find guidance on distances and visibility please visit Fire information can be found at and Inciweb at

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