36.7 mi
NNW of Santa Clara, NM
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
1 hour, 6 mins ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Thursday, May 20, 2021 8:28 AM MDT
Dispatch Notes:
Misc. Resources assigned
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Gila National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 3 hours, 46 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Johnson Fire

 Crews on the northwest side of the fire will continue to improve lines along the Iron Creek Mesa Trail, and scout and assess structures in the Willow Creek area. The northern side of the fire is being monitored by horseback. The southeast flank along Hell and Water Canyons are being checked with helicopter bucket drops. This flank of the fire remains active as it approaches the Gila River. The southern flank of the fire is being monitored by air. Active backing fire behavior was observed southwest of the Mogollon Baldy lookout.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Thursday, May 20, 2021 7:30 AM MDT
3 miles west of Gila Cliff Dwellings
Incident Commander:
Paul Diaz,
Dustin Roper (T)
33.238, -108.473

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Thursday, July 15, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber (grass and understory); tall grass 2.5 feet
Significant Events:
Moderate flanking, backing and creeping fire behavior.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Continue protection of Gila Center and the Willow Creek Subdivision. Monitor the fire by air on all sides. Maintain a presence in West Creek Canyon to patrol and monitor fire progress. Keep crews in the North to monitor and scout for handlines and develop the protection plan around the Willow Creek subdivision. Hold Mogollon Baldy Lookout. Minimize the impact to threatened and endangered species habitat. Continue to check up fire as it progresses into the 2020 Good Fire and the 2020 Cub Fire areas. The current tactic is to try to keep the fire north of the Gila River and East of Water Canyon.
Projected Incident Activity:
Moderate growth is expected to the north towards Willow Creek Subdivision. During the next 24 hours the fire is anticipated to have slow growth to the east, south and west. Fire in the southeast corner will continue to bump the Gila River and move east and west from there.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
High temperatures will be up to 88 degrees. Low humidity approximately 10%. Gusty and erratic winds driven by topography and thunderstorms in the area. Winds predicted up to 21 miles per hour. Poor overnight humidity recovery of approximately 34% with considerably lower recoveries in the weather outlook. High Haines Index potential for wildfire growth.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Marta Call
Email: SM.FS.GNFPAO@usda.gov
Phone: 575-519-0103
Hours: M-F 7a-7p., S-S 8-6pm
Fire Unit Information
Gila National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3005 E. Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM 88061

Dispatch Contact

Silver City Interagency Dispatch Center | Silver City, NM