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Monday, July 25, 2011

New lightning-caused fires burn in Gila forest over the weekend, New Mexico - 24th July 2011

Two new lightning-caused fire broke out on Friday on the Gila National Forest.

The Hollow Fire, two miles south of Mangus Lookout, has been contained and will be monitored. The size of the fire was not reported.

The Seven HL Fire, 18 miles southeast of Reserve, is 100 percent contained, and fire crews continue to mop up the area on Sunday. The final size of the fire was reported as 1,131.6 acres.

Also in the area, the Eagle Fire, 10 miles east of Reserve, was reported as being 140 acres in size. Fire crews are looking at the safest options of suppressing the wildfires without putting fire crews in imminent danger. The steep, rough terrain has posed challenges for fire fighters. That fire was detected on July 13.

Holt Fire, which was detected July 11, located seven miles east of Glenwood in the Gila Wilderness, is currently at 101 acres. The fire is burning with low to moderate intensity in steep and rough terrain and is being monitored by lookout and ground personnel. The fire received light precipitation on Saturday.

An area closure north of Luna, surrounding the Wallow Fire burn area, is still in effect. For more information on the specific area and roads affected, please call the Quemado Ranger District at (575) 773-4678. Source