The Black Fire is mostly on National Forest lands in extremely rugged and remote areas that are difficult to safely access for line construction. It is also within the old Silver Fire burn scar (2013) where standing dead tree densities are very high.
The strategy for the Black Fire has been to fully suppress the fire while protecting valuable resources in the area, including natural and cultural resources and infrastructure on private property. Suppression tactics include a mix of direct and indirect actions where the risk is proportionate to the reward for achieving objectives. Crews have been successful in limiting fire spread to the north, east and west. Fire activity remains along the southern flank within the old burn scar. Firefighters have been repairing firelines and stabilizing them to reduce erosion resulting from heavy monsoon rains. They are also watching for lingering hot spots and crews continue to mop up and patrol the outer edges.
The Black Fire was discovered May 13, 2022 at approximately 9:30 pm, at about 150 acres, burning primarily in the Gila wilderness area north of Black Canyon. The fire originated 24 miles north of Mimbres in the Gila National Forest.
On May 14, a Type 3 Team assumed command of the fire. The Southwest Type 2 Incident Management Team 5 transitioned with the previous team on May 18. Southwest Type 2 Incident Management Team 3 accepted transfer of command of the fire May 31 before finally transitioning with Southwest Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 on June 14.
Local law enforcement officials lifted evacuations on Monday, June, 21, 2022. To learn about the current evacuation status for the Black Fire, please access the real-time, interactive evacuation map or contact your local emergency management office for Sierra County, Catron County, and Grant County. Click on this link to view the map: Interactive Evacuation Map
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