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Forest Fires in the Gila Wilderness and Forest

Monday, June 04, 2012

Almost a month ago I went on a ride to Cliff New Mexico (on mother's day) and took a picture of a tiny smoke trail of a "controlled" burn, or an allowed burn caused by a lightning strike. Little did I know, but this tiny little smoke would lead to the largest forest fire ever in New Mexico.

Who would have known that the skimpy smoke seen in these two pictures would end up being almost a 300,000 acre fire? The fire is still only 15% contained and is still growing. We have suffered with the smoke now for many days.
Yesterday, we had a fire on Gomez Peak, which is across the canyon from where I live. I was a little more perturbed by this forest fire only because it was so close to home.

My kids still managed to go to the rodeo. All is not lost because the fire close to home is out and although the big one continues to burn and flood the area with smoke, the sunsets have been outstanding.

The sunset pictures were taken over my neighbors house and just up the road from the house. Spanky was on his walk and patiently watched the splendor while I took pictures.
Take care guys...Monday is on the way!
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  • JIBBIE49
    Those fires were sad. We lived in Southern California from 77-81 and I remember people having pumps for their swimming pools so they could put out the fires and save their houses, and having a TILE roof was also an issue compared to wood. They didn't recommend people try to fight the fire, but I do recall several who did and saved their houses. One guy in 1994 saved his 12,000 sq. ft house because it was built with nothing combustible, so nothing to burn. Everything around him burned down and his place was left. emoticon He was an engineer who had built the house himself.
    2439 days ago
    I'm glad you guys are safe! I know that there have been forest fires in that area for thousands of years, but it's still scary. Love the sunset shot!

    Take care!
    2480 days ago
    So sad. Beautiful area and have enjoyed camping and hiking there (although years ago).
    2480 days ago
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