Smoke Prompts Voluntary Evacuations In Poverty Creek

A flurry of wildfires ignited across the Gila National Forest and Black Range Mountains over the past week, primarily attributed to lightning strikes and no doubt compounded by the current heat spell delivering daily temperatures well above the century mark.
Authorities with the Black Range Ranger District, which oversees this area, Forest Service officials and Sierra County’s Emergency Services Administrator (ESA) Paul Tooley,