Date: May 22, 2021
Location: The Drummond Fire is one mile south of Emory Pass and the Trujillo Fire is one mile south of the Drummond Fire on the Black Range Ranger District, Sierra County, NM
Start date: May 19, 2021 Cut: 2 acres Cause: Lightning
Summary: The Drummond and Trujillo Fires burn on National Forest System lands in the Black Range Ranger District in the Gila National Forest. Despite the high winds and dry conditions, minimal fire behavior was observed on either fire today. The fire is currently smoldering in the dead and felled logs / snags. Smoke is still visible from the NM 152 and I-25 highways. Due to dead and felled trees, snags and extremely steep terrain, during the day, firefighting resources at Emory Pass will monitor the blaze.
The 2013 silver fire removed dense vegetation or scale fuels (living or dead vegetation that allows a fire to climb from the landscape or forest floor into the canopy of trees), reducing the intensity fire on the Drummond and Trujillo fires while moving away to Dead logs and cleaning up previous falls from Silver Fire 2013. The firefighters’ strategy is to contain and contain the fire and keep the fire south of NM Hwy 152.
The red flag warning is in effect until 9:00 p.m. PST tonight. The wind advisory will be in effect until 8:00 p.m. EDT tonight.
Goals: At present, the main objectives are to minimize the impact of fire on forest firefighters, public safety and the protection of natural resources.
Closures: Black Range Crest Trail 79 – Closed from NM Highway 152 South to 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 at 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 reducing 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. Smoke will be visible and settle in the Kingston, Hillsboro, Lake Valley area, and will also be visible on NM Hwy 152 and Interstate 25.
Information on the fires can be found on nmfireinfo.com or on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7494/. For more information on the Gila National Forest, see our website.