Owl Fire Update for July 2, 2018

Acres: ~100                                                                    Start Date: June 30, 2018

Cause: Lightning                                                           Location: 4 miles northeast of Saddle Mountain, Gila NF

Containment:                                                               Fuels: Timber (litter, grass and understory)        

Total Personnel: 56

General Information: The Owl Fire began on June 30, 2018. It is south of Aspen Mountain, near the Flying T trail in an inventoried roadless area (IRA).  A Type 3 Incident Commander is on order.  Smoke is visible from Luna, Rancho Grande Subdivision, and the Glenwood area. 

Fire Operations: Crews are scouting the fire for suppression opportunities and beginning indirect line preparation on Aspen Mountain Trail #506 and Forest Road 209.  Yesterday, some torching was documented, but overall, the fire is burning on the ground with some backing and flanking. 

Fire Safety/Closures:  The district has temporarily closed the following trails:  #506 Aspen Mountain, #21 Flying T Spring, #515 Dangerous Park, #44 Cottonwood, and #36 Camp Canyon for public safety. The Gila National Forest is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Fire Danger is still rated as VERY HIGH.   

Fire Information: Fire information can be found at https://nmfireinfo.com/ and on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5883/.  For information on the Gila National Forest, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila or join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GilaNForest/ or follow us on Twitter @GilaNForest.