Black Fire stalls due to weekend rain

Editor’s note: This post was updated at 8:38 am Tuesday, June 21 to note evacuation orders have been lifted.

Fire crews are on their way to fully containing the second largest wildfire in New Mexico history thanks to a little help from Mother Nature.

Three-quarters of an inch to an inch of rain fell on parts of the western Gila National Forest over the weekend, quelling Black Fire hotspots and allowing firefighters to make substantial progress in battling the blaze, which has for the last month burned a mostly uninhabited region about half the size of Rhode Island.

By Monday morning, the blaze had charred more than 507 square miles, however it grew only 69 acres Sunday, it’s smallest daily growth since it was discovered mid May in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness between Silver City and Truth and Consequences.

Leave a Comment