Travelling through Southern New Mexico in June has its disadvantages. It's the dry season and the Gila National Forest is on fire. Hired by local newspaper, the Silver City Daily Press and Independant, we were escorted by the U.S Forest Service to inside the line to report on the situation. The good news is that fire fighting crews were able to quickly contain the blaze, in spite of more than 30 mile per hour winds, and its location in a canyon.
Pink ribbons on trees signified routes into the fire area.
Crews from around New Mexico and other states assisted at the scene.
Moving on to another part of the forest, a much larger Buzzard fire has been raging since May.
A dust devil erupts below the burning Buzzard fire.
With high winds and no moisture, wildfires become difficult to contain. Not until the monsoon season begins will there be relief and safety in the forest again.