Date: June 5, 2021
Announcement: A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Black Range Lodge, 50 N Main Street, Kingston, NM.
Location: The Drummond Fire is one mile south of Emory Pass and the Trujillo Fire one mile south of the Drummond Fire in the Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District, Sierra County, NM
Start date: May 19, 2021 Cut: About 501 acres Cause: Lightning
Summary: Smoldering and creeping fires were seen yesterday as the Drummond fire continues to receive light precipitation, moderating fire activity and growth. Minimal smoke was emitted by the Drummond fire.
Yesterday crews worked to complete preparation around the northwest and southwest portions of the Kingston fuel cut.
An Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) was deployed at Emory Pass to safely and successfully map the Drummond fire perimeter and adjacent values at risk. Please do not drive in Emory Pass Vista when the drone crew are working there.
Today, weather conditions will continue to be cooler and wetter as storms move through the region. Temperatures will decrease with increasing relative humidity. Fire activity will moderate as storms persist. Expect little to no fire growth with cooler weather. The weather next week is expected to return to more normal, warmer, drier and windier conditions.
Goals: Currently, the primary goals of fire managers include minimizing the impact of fires and snag falls on firefighters, public safety for area residents, and protection of natural resources.
Closures: Black Range Crest Trail 79 – Closed from NM Highway 152 south to National Forest Road (NFRS) 886. Royal John Rd., Grandview Trail 146 – Closed from NFSR 523 Silver Creek Rd. To Black Range Crest Trail 79. Trujillo Trail 134 – Closed from Black Range Crest Trail 79 to Private Seven Brothers – Closed from NFSR 886 Royal John Rd to Black Range Crest Trail 79.
Smoke / air quality: The New Mexico Department of Health website, also known as 5-3-1, https://nmtracking.org/fire has good information and tips on how to reduce your exposure to smoke. People sensitive to smoke and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures by staying indoors during periods of heavy smoke and avoiding outdoor activities. The smoke will be visible and could settle in the canyons around Kingston, Hillsboro and Lake Valley. It will also be visible on NM Hwy 152 and Interstate 25. A smoke detector has been installed near Kingston and is operational.
Information on the fires is available on nmfireinfo.com or on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7494/.
For more information on the Gila National Forest, see our website.