Lightning sparks 3 wildfires in Gila National Forest
Silver City, NM (KTSM) — Lightning strikes during Thursday's thunderstorm caused three wildfires in the Gila National Forest.
The Indian Fire is burning ten miles north of the Gila Cliff Dwellings and has burned 80 acres of land.
The Papoose Fire is also about 80 acres in size, and is burning 11 miles north of the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Heavy air tankers are being used to put out the flames, aswell as smokejumpers who parachute into the area to fight the wildfire.
The Silver Fire is smaller in size and only covers two acres of land. It is burning seven miles southwest of Kingston, New Mexico.
Fire restrictions for the Gila National Forest include allowing campfires only in designated developed campgrounds and picnic areas, which must be in a Forest Service provided grill or fire pit. Fires in rock rings will not be allowed. The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are acceptable, provided they meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety. Smoking is limited to a vehicle, building, or 3-foot area cleared of all flammable materials.