Red flag winds and transfer of command
Hectares: 311, 692 acres
Location: 31 miles NW of Truth or Consequences
Start date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Cause: Caused by humans, under investigation
Fuels: Wood and tall grass
Lost Structures: 5
Road closure: NM 152 is currently closed, from milepost 40 (Kingston) to milepost 15 (San Lorenzo). Entry will not be allowed. A portion of the Gila National Forest affected by the fire has been closed.
For the current evacuation status of the Black Fire, access the interactive evacuation map in real time. or contact the emergency management agencies in your local jurisdiction.
On Tuesday, June 14 at 6:00 am, the transfer of command will take place from Area Incident Management Team 3 Southwest, Incident Commander Lance Elmore, to Area Incident Management Team 4 Southwest, Incident Commander Aaron Hulburd.
Today, red flag winds are expected as hot and dry conditions persist with single digit humidity levels.
Firefighters are using direct (creating a hand line against the edge of the fire) and indirect tactics (building a fire line using bulldozers and existing roads in front of the fire) to fully extinguish the fire. No fire growth has been reported in the Hermosa, Seco Creek, and Round Mountain areas for the past few days and these areas will be monitored and patrolled. Firefighters are working along the edge of the fire to create a containment line within Mineral Creek to Frank’s Mountain and Apache Creek. Firefighters are also creating hand and bulldozer lines near Iron Road. Steady growth is expected on the south side of the fire in East Canyon, the top of the Black Range northwest of Hillsboro Mountain and Granite Mountain. Most of the visible smoke comes from fuels burning in the interior portions of the fire. Air resources will be used to assist firefighters on the ground as weather conditions allow. Unmanned aerial systems are used at night to patrol the fire and locate hot spots.
Climate: Red Flag Warning 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm High winds are expected today and windy conditions are expected Tuesday afternoon. There will be a small chance of dry thunderstorms today, with dry conditions Tuesday and Wednesday. Warm to high temperatures, low daytime relative humidities, and lower overnight RH recoveries will occur through Wednesday. Moisture returns to the area Thursday through next weekend, for a higher chance of thunderstorms.
Aviation restrictions: The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) restricting non-firing aircraft on the Black Fire has been extended to the south, east and west. This includes civil drones. Unauthorized aircraft in the area can ground firefighting aircraft, hamper firefighting efforts, and can also lead to criminal charges for the violator.
Fire Restrictions: Know before you go! The public can get current information on state and federal fire restrictions throughout New Mexico at NM Fire Info | Fire restrictions or statewide fire restrictions from the NM Division of Forestry: https://www.emnrd.nm.gov/sfd/find-current-fire-restrictions/
Black Fire Daily Map – June 13, 2022