Silver City, New Mexico — Fire officials in Silver City announced fire activity in the Gila National Forest was diminishing thanks to some recent rain showers.
As a result of rain and higher humidity, fire perimeter was not expected to increase in size. Scattered storms throughout July 4 were expected to continue assisting with control of the fire.
Open / Closed Areas: NM Highway 152 is open. Safety is still a concern and drivers should be alert for domestic livestock, wildlife, rocks, fallen trees and debris along the road. For road information go to www.nmroads.com . An emergency closure remains in effect for a small portion of the Gila National Forest in the vicinity of the fire area. Recreation sites along Hwy 152 remain closed and the entire Aldo Leopold Wilderness area is also closed. For more information about the area of the fire closure go to www.fs.usda.gov/gila .
All communities adjacent to the fire remain open for business including the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. The majority of the Gila National Forest is open for recreational opportunities with Stage 1 fire restrictions in effect. For more information on restrictions, go to firerestrictions.us. Emory Pass Vista is open.
Fireworks are prohibited on National Forest lands.