The Uvas Fire was started by lightning from a thunderstorm that moved over the southern portion of New Mexico on the evening of June 5th. The fire was detected the next day, as smoke became very visible from Hatch and travelers along I-10, and I-25. An aerial reconnaissance flight was conducted as BLM fire engines mobilized to the area.
When first detected, the fire was burning along the top of the mountain range at an elevation of 6500 ft., surrounded by steep, rugged terrain.
By the evening of June 10th, the Uvas Fire had grown to 1,135 acres with 75% containment. Firefighters have been successful in holding the line and fire behavior has moderated significantly.
Thunderstorms accompanied with lightning emerged over southern New Mexico on the afternoon of June 11th.
The FINAL UPDATE for the Uvas Fire was issued on the evening of June 12th.