Officials: Signal Fire may be human-caused

SILVER CITY, N.M. (KRQE) – Although investigators aren’t positive, they say the cause of the Signal Fire may have been human-caused.

Around 507 personnel are helping fight the flames which is causing smoke to settle in the area. According to a news release sent Tuesday afternoon, the New Mexico Department of Health offers suggestions on how to protect homes during wildfires. That information can be found here.

The plan is to build a direct line across the northern edge of the fire.

On Monday, calmer winds gave air tankers and helicopters a better chance to attack the fire.

The fire effort includes a DC-10 out of Albuquerque. It dropped multiple loads of retardant on the edge of the fire.

At last check, the fire was about 10 miles north of Silver City and has burned about 4,700 acres. There is still zero percent containment.

Big Tree Trailhead and Highway 15 from Ben Lilly Monument to the gravel pit near Wildhorse Mesa both remain closed Tuesday.

The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument remains open and can be accessed from Highway 35. Businesses in Pinos Altos are open. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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