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Johnson Fire

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

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Johnson Fire Update June 22, 2021

Johnson Fire Wildfire
News – 6/22/2021

Tuesday June 22, 2021Visit the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com Inciweb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7493/Fire Phone 575-519-0103     Email:   SM.FS.GNFPAO@usda.govLocation: Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest     Start Date: May 20, 2021      Size:  87551 acres Cause:  Lightning   Vegetation:  Timber with grass understory, Pinyon and Juniper woodlands, Scrub and brush  Total Personnel: 153 Containment:  11% Resources:  1 type 1 handcrew, 3 type 2 handcrews, 3 helicopters, 8 engines and 3 water tenders
SUMMARY:  Structure assessment continues in the Willow Creek subdivision. A contingency line is being constructed around the Willow Creek subdivision should the fire progress that direction. The northern side of the fire continues to hold on the west fork of the Gila river and is being patrolled by horseback. The northeast side of the fire has been secured and crews will begin removing equipment. On the southeast flank, backing fire was observed in Water Canyon as the fire continued down toward the Gila river drainage. The southern side of the fire is backing into Hidden Pasture Meadow through timber and is exhibiting moderate fire behavior into Turkey Creek towards its confluence with the Gila River. As the southwest side continued to back down Mogollon creek it has reached Seventy-Four Mountain. An additional helicopter arrived on the fire today with an external bucket.
INCIDENT OBJECTIVES: Provide for firefighter and public safety and allow fire to play its natural role on the landscape. Values at risk are the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, White Creek Cabin, and sensitive aquatic species in the Gila Wilderness
FIRE BEHAVIOR: Moderate, with areas of backing, smoldering, and creeping
CLOSURE: Due to hazardous fire conditions in the Johnson Fire area, an Emergency Area Closure order has been issued by the Gila National Forest for public health and safety. A large portion of the Gila Wilderness is CLOSED.  For a copy of the order and maps see: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7493/As a reminder “The Celebration Site-Skates area,” Johnson Fire Camp is closed to the public. For further information call 575-536-2250 (M-F 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.) or 575-519-0103 (any time before 7:00 p.m.) 
WEATHER: Mostly Sunny with maximum temperatures of 83-88 F a 30 % chance of precipitation, and variable chances of lightning throughout the day. Humidity of 12-15% is expected with rain showers and storms predicted for the afternoon.
AIR QUALITY: The corridor from Reserve, NM to Glenwood, NM will see moderate smoke impacts from the Arizona fires. Please follow this link to provide you with real time smoke monitoring, simply find the monitor closest to your location: https://app.air- sis.com/USFS/UnitMap. The New Mexico Department of Health site also known as 5-3-1,  https://nmtracking.org/fire provides guidance on mitigating your smoke exposure.  Smoke sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures by staying inside during heavy smoke periods and avoiding outdoor activities.SAFETY:  The Gila National Forest is currently under Stage 1 Fire Restriction, including the use of charcoal grills. Use of pressurized fuel devices with an on/off switch are acceptable.  Formoreinformation follow this linkhttps://bit.ly/30PUxTror visit the Gila National Forest website under Alerts and Notices

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