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Fire in Gila National Forest, New Mexico, USA – June 28th, 2013

33.6N 108.6W

June 28th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day MODISTerra

USA – June 27th, 2013

Smoke from a large fire in the Gila National Forest, in New Mexico, west of the Rio Grande (running parallel to the right edge), can be seen fanning out over a great area as it blows westward. The Gila National Forest covers approximately 2,710,659 acres (1,100,000 ha) of public land. Terrain ranges from rugged mountains and deep canyons to semi-desert. Due to the extremely rugged terrain, the area is largely unspoiled.

Whitewater-Baldy Fire 22% Contained

33.3N 108.5W

June 6th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA - June 5th, 2012

Although a thick plume of smoke is still being released by the Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire, in New Mexico, USA, there appears to be less smoke than before (click here for previous images of the blaze), as the fire is now 22 percent contained. Here, the plume of smoke is blowing northeastward, and a large area of smoky haze can be observed in the upper right quadrant. Caused by lightning, the fire, ablaze in steep, unaccessible terrain, has been burning for three weeks. The nearby private ghost town of Mogollon had been evacuated as a precaution, but that order was lifted Monday and residents are back home.

Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Continues to Grow, but at Slower Rate

33.3N 108.7W

June 4th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA - June 1st, 2012

Smoke from the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire, also known as the Gila Wilderness blaze, creates a large, grey cloud in the upper left quadrant of this image of New Mexico, USA. The fire continues to grow in the Gila National Forest, but at a slower rate.

The Whitewater Baldy Fire grew to 241,701 acres but crews are inching their way towards containment and the fire was 17 percent contained on Sunday. Firefighters made good progress Saturday on the northeastern portions of the fire and patrols were monitoring that section of the fire on Sunday.

Along the southwest boundary, the fire moved sluggishly through the lower slopes and produced minimal short duration smoke columns. Reduced fire behavior was observed as the fire moved into gentle sloping hills of piñon and juniper. The fire in the southeastern section continued to slow.

On Sunday, firefighters were scouting the area along Gila Mountain Trail and the Middle Fork River for potential control lines. They were also building a contingency line a safe distance east of the fires edge, in the event extreme fire behavior pushed the fire to the east. They also worked on strengthening containment lines south of Mogollon. The Catron County Sheriff s Office has lifted the evacuation order in Mogollon and is opening the community to residents and business owners today and were expecting to open the community to the public on Wednesday.

Smoke from Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire Billows Southwestward

33.1N 107.5W

June 2nd, 2012 Category: Fires

USA - May 31st, 2012

The Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire, or Gila Wilderness blaze, is a wildfire burning in Catron County, New Mexico, USA. The fire has burned more than 200,000 acres (310 sq mi; 81,000 ha) in the Gila National Forest, becoming the largest wildfire in New Mexico state history, surpassing the Las Conchas Fire of 2011. Here, a thick plume of smoke from the fire billows towards the southwest. Much of the fire is burning in the Gila Wilderness which includes the fire’s namesake, Whitewater Baldy mountain.

Thick Plume of Smoke from Gila Wilderness Blaze in New Mexico, USA – May 25th, 2012

33.2N 108.3W

May 25th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA and Mexico - May 23rd, 2012

Smoke from a massive blaze in the Gila National Forest, in southwestern New Mexico, has spread across the state, with health officials as far away as Albuquerque and Santa Fe warning residents to limit outdoor activity over Memorial Day weekend due to growing air-quality concerns.

Two lightning-sparked fires merged this week to form the giant Gila Wilderness blaze, which has destroyed 12 cabins and seven small outbuildings. The privately owned ghost town of Mogollon was placed under a voluntary evacuation order as firefighters worked to tame the wildfire, which has grown to 70,000 acres or nearly 110 square miles.

Strong winds pushed ash from the blaze 35 to 40 miles away, and smoke from the giant fire spread across the state and into Arizona. The haze blocked views of the Sandias in Albuquerque, and a smell of smoke permeated the air throughout northern New Mexico.

Health officials from Albuquerque to Santa Fe issued alerts for the holiday weekend, advising people to limit outdoor activities, keep windows closed and avoid swamp coolers. They said the effects on most people would be minor but noted mild throat and eye irritation or allergy-like symptoms could be expected. Officials warned people with heart and lung conditions to be especially diligent in minimizing their exposure to the smoky air.

The Gila National Forest is a protected national forest in New Mexico in the southwestern United States established in 1905. It covers approximately 3.3 million acres (5150 sq. mi., 13,000 km²) of public land, making it the sixth largest National Forest in the continental United States. Part of the area, the Gila Wilderness, was established in 1924 as the first designated wilderness by the U.S. federal government.

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