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Black Fire Grows to NM’s Third Largest

Firefighters working on the side of a road working on the Black Fire.

5.27.2022 – In the Gila National Forest, the Black Fire ignited on May 13—and has already grown into the state’s third largest wildfire in history. Fire behavior analyst Arthur Gonzales, with the Southwest Incident Management Team #5 talks about the conditions fueling the giant fire. “I started this business in 1995, and I’ve seen a lot of large fires,” he tells correspondent Laura Paskus. “But it is surprising, Laura. It’s surprising. And it should surprise everybody. These are unprecedented conditions.” Gonzales also talks about the fire’s footprint, the varying levels of fire severity within the perimeter, and what people might expect to happen in the Gila this summer.

Correspondent: Laura Paskus

Guest: Arthur Gonzales, US Forest Service, fire behavior analyst

For More Information: National Interagency Fire Center

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