Black Fire burned over 241,000 acres, and just 26% contained

Black Fire burned over 241,000 acres, and just 26% contained
Photo by Forest Service, USDA

Latest data shows that the Black Fire grew by about 6,000 acres since Sunday evening, and about 13,000 acres in 24 hours. By Monday morning wildfire affected 241,403 acres with 26% contained.

Over the next 24 hours Red Flag conditions with strong winds out of the SW will continue active fire behavior through torching, spotting, and short crown fire activity in heavy timber stands or with upslope pushes. The north flank containment lines will be tested as interior fuels continue to consume and spotting potential remains high. Fire will continue to back and flank to the south in the wilderness with faster spread rates outside of the Silver Fire footprint. Active fire in drainages on the east flank will continue downslope progression with spread distances greater during the overnight hours. Substantial growth is expected to the south and east.

A Black Fire Emergency Closure Order is in effect for areas of the Wilderness Ranger District on the Gila National Forest. The identified areas, and roads and trails therein, are closed to public access due to active wildfires and extreme fire danger.

Tomorrow forecast indicates that moderating winds will reduce fire behavior along the east and south flanks. Within the Silver Fire footprint, upslope spread will increase where fuels and topography align. Fire will continue to consume interior fuels along the northern flank. Growth will continue to the south and east

Interactive evacuation map here.

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