Fire and Smoking Restrictions Lifted in Silver City
Silver City, NM — Midnight on Wednesday marks the moment Stage 1 fire and smoking restrictions will be lifted on the Gila National Forest, largely in part of the recent wet weather, according to forest officials.
“Thanks to the recent rain showers, humidities have been elevated and fine fuels (grasses and forbs) are greening up, which has lowered fire danger on the Forest prompting fire restrictions to be rescinded,” says Forest Fire Management Officer Gabe Holguin.
Stage 1 restrictions were initially implemented on June 4.
Forest Supervisor Kelly Russell was appreciative that community members and visitors were supportive of the restrictions and did their upmost in preventing human-caused fires.
“Without everyone’s personal responsibility in fire prevention, the Forest could have easily had several human-caused fires considering the severe drought conditions,” adds Forest Supervisor Russell.
In the near future, forest managers were also looking to open other areas within the Gila Wilderness that were temporarily closed due to the Whitewater-Baldy Fire Complex.
Forest visitors are reminded that while fire danger has decreased, there are still a few areas that remain dry, per forest officials. When using a campfire, visitors should always completely extinguish campfires prior to leaving their campsites and extinguish all smoking materials (cigarettes, cigars, etc.) prior to disposing of them.