Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Mexico Wildfires - 30 May 2012

Back to the Southwest and tinderbox dryness. The fires in the Gila Wilderness continue to burn. The visible satellite image (above - from 9:15 am MST) seems to indicate four different source regions for the smoke plumes. The bulk of the smoke is now blowing off toward the southeast. The latest status report on the fires reads as per:

Fire Facts:

Date Started: 05/16/2012
Number of Personnel: 1,236 personnel including
Location: Approximately 15 miles E of Glenwood, NM
15 hotshot crews, 13 hand crews
Cause: Lightning
Equipment: 58 Engines, 24 Water Tenders, 7 Dozers
Size:  170,272 acres
Aircraft: 12 Helicopters
Percent Contained:  0
Injuries to Date: Five

David Cristiani sent the above photo from has camera. The photo, taken between Socorro and Truth or Consequences on I-25 yesterday morning, shows smoke from the fires hanging low in the Rio Grande Valley.

Finally, photo above shows an active portion of the fire burning yesterday afternoon (USFS photo by Steven Meister, Mt. Taylor Hotshots).

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