Lightning caused fire burns 400 acres in the Gila Forest

From - By: Shaun Griswold, - A fire ignited by lightning in the Gila National Forest on Friday has now burned more than 400 acres. The Sillver Fire is located about 7 miles southwest of Kingston, NM and is now considered a Type II incident.
     Firefighters have not been able to access the fire from the ground due to extreme rough terrain. Two air tankers and two helicopters are working the fire today. Air suppression efforts yesterday did not stop the fire’s spread. Smoke is visible from Highway 152 and Silver City.
     Today crews are mopping up the Indian and Papoose Fires, also lightning caused. Both fires burned about 80 acres each near Hillsboro Peak, roughly 10 miles northwest of the Silver Fire. New Mexico 152 from 35 miles east of Bayard at mile marker 16 to 28.8 miles west of Hillsboro at mile marker 24 is closed due to the fire. More


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