Lightning Ignites Fires on the Gila National Forest
SILVER CITY, NM — An isolated thunderstorm developed Thursday over the Continental Divide north and east of Mimbres, New Mexico, igniting two fires. With safety zones and escape routes available nearby, fire crews were able to responded quickly and begin suppression efforts on both fires.
The Powder Fire, located in the McKnight Canyon area, is approximately 30 acres in mixed conifer and burning with low to moderate intensities. There are currently 32 fire personnel working the fire. Crews will be working to extinguish hotspots and removing hazardous trees that may present a threat to the fireline.
The Continental Fire is located in ET Canyon, east of the Continental Divide and west of the Mimbres River. The 20-acre Continental Fire is burning in Ponderosa Pine with moderate fire intensities.
Fire personnel are on high alert Friday as lightning storms are possible again this afternoon with little to no precipitation expected and temperatures reaching the low to middle 90’s. The current weather pattern is expected to continue through the weekend with an increase in temperatures by mid-week.