Signal Fire increases to 4,700 acres

Posted at: 05/11/2014 4:29 PM
Updated at: 05/12/2014 9:13 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski and Elizabeth Reed,

Photo: Viewer submitted: Jaime Ramirez

The Signal Fire is now burning at 4,700 acres and is zero percent contained as of early Monday evening.

The wildfire was first reported burning along Highway 15 north of Silver City around 3 p.m. on Sunday. The fire grew overnight to 3,000 acres and has increased throughout the day.

Campsites and private property in the vicinity of Signal Peak have been evacuated and the Forest Service says some homes are threatened by the fire. Highway 15 has also been closed from Ben Lilly Monument north to the Gravel Pit near Wildhorse Mesa.

A total of seven air support units, including four choppers and three air tankers, are battling the blaze from the air. Hundreds of people are fighting the fire on the ground as well.

Tuesday, crews will construct a direct fireline along the northern perimeter and the Meadow Creek road, and secure a fireline to the Signal Peak Lookout. 

The Big Tree Trailhead near the Forest Service Administration Site in Ft. Bayard will be closed due to the Incident Command Post being established in the area, and to reduce traffic congestion for firefighters.

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