Firefighters Contain 10 percent of Gila Fire

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 12:07pm

SILVER CITY, NM — The Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire, said to be the largest in New Mexico history, expanded in all directions as it remained active on over 90% of the perimeter. Firefighters were working on the line around the fire to provide the buffer needed to minimize the spread.

Weather conditions are improving with higher humidity levels which will reduce fire behavior and assist firefighters.

Some areas may experience periods of air quality which are unhealthy for sensitive groups (those with asthma, lung or heart disease, children, older adults and recent science indicates pregnant women).

If heavy smoke is present, then outdoor activities should be minimized where possible and caution observed when driving in reduced visibility.

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