Rainstorms help tone down Gila fire

Rainstorms help tone down Gila fire

POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 3:15pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 3:18pm

Crews continue to make progress on the Silver fire in the Gila National Forest.

The fire is now 54 percent contained and is growing very slowly. More than 600 firefighters are still battling the blaze, but resources will be scaled back in the coming days.

Several recent rainstorms have helped crews finally get the upper hand on this 137-thousand acre fire. All highways are now back open to travel.

As for the forest itself -- the majority of it is also open to recreational use. The only section that's closed is the southeast corner of the forest near the area where the fire burned. That's primarily everything east of Forest Road 150 and north of State Highways 35 and 61.

The adjacent Aldo Leopald Wilderness is closed and will remain closed at least until the fire is out.


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