Silver Fire in New Mexico
Silver Fire in New Mexico

The Silver Fire is located on the Gila National Forest, northeast of Silver City, just west of the community of Kingston, NM. The fire is growing generally northward.

The Silver Fire was started by lightning on June 7 approximately 7 miles southwest of Kingston, New Mexico. It has currently burned over 70,000 acres and is 20% contained.

Firefighters are challenged by extremely rough terrain, a substantial amount of unburned fuel and beetle-killed trees and extreme fire conditions. The growth potential and terrain difficulty for this fire are both extreme.

This natural-color satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite on June 23, 2013. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS's thermal bands, are outlined in red. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption: NASA/Goddard, Lynn Jenner with information from inciweb.org

Page Last Updated: July 28th, 2013
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