Latest: Black Fire

As of June 26, the Black Fire is burning in the Gila National Forest – 21 miles west of Truth or Consequences – and stands at:

  • Acreage 325,133 acres (no change)
  • Containment — 70% (was 68%)
  • Total Personnel 319 (was 640)
  • First Detected — May 13, 9 p.m.
  • Cause — Human-caused, under investigation
  • Fuels Timber, Tall Grass
  • Structures Lost — 5

All evacuations have been lifted in Sierra, Grant and Catron counties where it was previously enacted.

The fire’s activity is diminishing due to higher humidity, lower temperatures, and wetting in some areas from recent rain. However, the rain threat has prompted an ongoing flood watch.

The flood watch means conditions are favorable for flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall but it does not guarantee that flooding will happen – only that residents in the area should watch for any possible warnings.

On Saturday, New Mexico Highway 152 was reopened from Kingston (milepost 40) to San Lorenzo (milepost 15)

At this time, the Black Fire is the second-largest wildfire in New Mexico history and, as of June 9, eclipsed the 2012 Whitewater-Baldy complex fire, which burned 297,845 acres in the Gila National Forest and was the largest in state history prior to 2022.

Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 is in command of the fire as of June 14, taking over for Team 3.

Evacuations (Using the Ready-Set-Go system): A real-time, interactive evacuation map is now available.