Lightning caused fire burns 1,000 acres in Gila Nat. Forest

Posted at: 06/09/2013 2:03 PM
Updated at: 06/09/2013 10:43 PM
By: Shaun Griswold,

A fire ignited by lightning in the Gila National Forest on Friday has now burned more than 1,000 acres.

The Sillver Fire is located about 7 miles southwest of Kingston, NM and is now considered a Type II incident.

It grew from 100 acres early Sunday to its current size by the end of the day, mostly due to dead trees covering the terrain.

Two air tankers and two helicopters are working the fire today. Air suppression efforts yesterday did not stop the fire’s spread.

Smoke is visible from Highway 152 and Silver City.

Today crews are mopping up the Indian and Papoose Fires, also lightning caused.

Both fires burned about 80 acres each near Hillsboro Peak, roughly 10 miles northwest of the Silver Fire.

New Mexico 152 from 35 miles east of Bayard at mile marker 16 to 28.8 miles west of Hillsboro at mile marker 24 is closed due to the fire.