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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Forest Acres, SC. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Forest Acres.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Forest Acres, SC? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Forest Acres. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Forest Acres, SC, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Forest Acres. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Forest Acres, SC

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Forest Acres to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Forest Acres.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Forest Acres, SC, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Brother and sister Honors College graduates take different paths to making an impact

When siblings Nancy and Thomas Scott were growing up, the University of South Carolina was like their second home. Both their parents, Patrick and Mary Jane, worked on campus — both initially in the English department and later in other roles.“It’s safe to say for the first 10 years of my life, which would be the first 14 years of Nancy’s life, we were around the university a lot. During the summer, we would just kind of live down there,” says Thomas Scott, who has pursued a legal career focused on financ...

When siblings Nancy and Thomas Scott were growing up, the University of South Carolina was like their second home. Both their parents, Patrick and Mary Jane, worked on campus — both initially in the English department and later in other roles.

“It’s safe to say for the first 10 years of my life, which would be the first 14 years of Nancy’s life, we were around the university a lot. During the summer, we would just kind of live down there,” says Thomas Scott, who has pursued a legal career focused on financial transparency and emerging technology.

Both he and Nancy remember coloring in their dad’s office using crayons and markers he kept in a drawer, riding bicycles and roller blading between Gambrell Hall and McKissick Museum and hanging out on the Horseshoe.

Their dad, Patrick Scott, retired from the university after many years as an English professor and later as director of rare books and special collections for University Libraries. Mom, Mary Jane, also worked in the English department and the university Writing Center as well as the Thomas More Center before changing careers to become a victim’s advocate for the Forest Acres (South Carolina) Police Department.

With such strong connections to the university, you might think the college decision for Nancy and Thomas was a foregone conclusion. Not so.

To put it bluntly, “We felt like, ‘No, we will absolutely not stay in town,' ” says Nancy Scott Glenn, a high school English teacher in Columbia.

“I think that growing up in Columbia, you take USC for granted,” she adds. “It was a big part of our foundation and our family connection that has always been there. But it's like a hidden gem to have the university and the South Carolina Honors College right here with the potential for scholarships and an experience that would help us learn and grow and get to a place where we have jobs and successful careers.”

After weighing other options, both brother and sister chose South Carolina because of the value and quality of the Honors College experience.

“It just didn't make sense to go out of state to get what we could get right here and save money. How can you say no? USC ended up being the best fit for us,” Nancy says.

Nancy received a bachelor’s in English in 2002 and a master’s in teaching in 2004. Thomas, a Carolina Scholar, graduated in 2006 with a BARSC degree in African development, then earned a law degree from Stanford University and a master’s in public affairs from Princeton. Thomas was also a Truman Scholar and co-founded the Waverly After School Program after an experience with the university’s MLK Day of Service.

It just didn't make sense to go out of state to get what we could get right here and save money.

Nancy Scott Glenn, South Carolina Honors College alumna

Thomas now lives In San Francisco and is chief legal officer for Worldcoin, a startup seeking to distribute cryptocurrency to the unbanked around the world. Nancy is in her 18th year of teaching. She is National Board certified and previously served as chair of the English department at Spring Valley High School in Northeast Columbia. She has taught thousands of students, many of whom have attended the Honors College themselves.

“I really like working with teenagers,” Nancy says. “People think that's crazy, but working with kids and helping them figure out who they are is one of the most exciting things I can think of. That is probably why I've stayed with it because I still feel like I somehow can connect with them and engage and excite them.”

Thomas previously worked at a self-driving car company. His current role at Worldcoin combines that tech background with his international experience for what he calls “a wildly ambitious goal” to help make financial services more accessible in underserved parts of the world.

“We hope to open up opportunities where even something as simple as opening a bank account or paying bills often can’t be taken for granted,” he says.

The Honors College recognized the siblings as 2021 Outstanding Young Alumnus and Young Alumna.

Both Nancy and Thomas say the joint recognition was special because their paths have been so different, and it illustrates the range of pursuits and contributions for Honors College graduates.

“If I view the Waverly After School Program, for example, as something that means a lot to me as a personal contribution, Nancy has done that with generations of students for the last 18 years as a teacher at Spring Valley. So, that's kind of night and day as compared to doing cryptocurrency but extremely significant to underscore what the Honors College contributes locally, statewide and globally,” Thomas says.

In fact, Nancy shared that when Thomas was notified that he would receive the young alumnus award, he suggested she should be recognized also.

“I think part of that is he wanted to make sure the importance of teaching was recognized and that it is a distinguished career for Honors graduates,” she says. “The two of us are kind of a lesson that you can serve your community, help others and do good things in your career in such different ways. The Honors College helped us think that way — go out and find something you love, do it and work hard at it.”

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Black Fire becomes second largest wildfire currently burning in New Mexico

SILVER CITY – The Black Fire added more than 20,000 acres over the past 24 hours totaling more than 77,000 acres and becoming the second largest wildfire currently burning in New Mexico.The wildfire started under a week ago, on May 13, in the Gila National Forest — about 24 miles north of Mimbres. The cause of the fire start is still unknown and under investigation.High temperatures, low humidity and winds have culminated in creating the perfect conditions for the fire to grow quickly. Based on an inf...

SILVER CITY – The Black Fire added more than 20,000 acres over the past 24 hours totaling more than 77,000 acres and becoming the second largest wildfire currently burning in New Mexico.

The wildfire started under a week ago, on May 13, in the Gila National Forest — about 24 miles north of Mimbres. The cause of the fire start is still unknown and under investigation.

High temperatures, low humidity and winds have culminated in creating the perfect conditions for the fire to grow quickly. Based on an infrared flight from Tuesday night, May 17, the fire is estimated to be burning 77,529 acres of forest land. No percentage of the perimeter is contained. More than 250 personnel are working to contain the blaze with more arriving continuously.

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A Type 2 Incident Management Team took over control of the fire early May 18, meaning there is a greater capability for resources available.

The fire was active with short runs and spotting Tuesday, according to an update released by the National Forest Service. A spot fire was seen across Diamond Creek.

Hotshot crews and air tankers worked on the eastern portion of the fire burning in grassy fields and responded to an area of the fire that started moving northwest later in the day. Firelines were constructed. Crews also started assessing structures and roads and identifying areas where indirect lines could be constructed for containment.

The national forest reported that crews would continue with assessments Wednesday and help landowners secure inholdings in the forest. Ground crews plan to work on the west side of the fire near Forest Road 150. A spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service said more growth is expected, however weather is forecast to be less severe. The area will remain hot and dry, but winds are anticipated to be light.

Temperatures are forecast to remain in the high 70s to mid-80s. Winds will likely pick up toward the end of the week, bringing red flag fire conditions.

Smoke from the Black Fire is heavy and visible from much of the state, including Las Cruces. The forest service reported that smoke is drifting from the Gila to the east.

Skies were visibly hazy in Las Cruces Wednesday. The Air Quality Index placed the Las Cruces area in the moderate zone and climbing to unhealthy, meaning people sensitive to smoke may be affected.

As the blaze grows, sheriff's offices in Grant, Catron and Sierra Counties have implemented evacuations. They are using the “Ready, Set, Go” program to keep residents notified. Areas in the Ready level should prepare their homes by removing nearby dry vegetation. Set level residents should have a "go bag" — packed with personal essentials, important paperwork and other irreplaceable items. Residents in a Go area should immediately evacuate the area as the fire is approaching.

Evacuations are as follows:

Grant County:

Catron and Sierra Counties:

The area starting at the Grant County line south seven miles south and east to and east from the Continental Divide Trail approximately eight miles:

Sierra County:

Forest Road 150, also known as North Star Road or Wall Lake Road, has been closed off to the public. Interstate 25 and other state highways remain open to the public.

A temporary flight restriction has been enacted over the Black Fire to allow airtankers and helicopters ready access to help with suppression. The restriction includes drones and other aircraft.

People can remain current with updated from the Gila National Forest by following its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GilaNForest or by checking updates posted on New Mexico Fire Information at nmfireinfo.com. The public phone line can be reached by dialing 575-249-1264.

The state currently has eight active fires burning. The Black Fire joins the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires in northern New Mexico as the two largest fires currently burning in the state. Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon is burning 301,971 acres of land in the Santa Fe National Forest. It broke the record for largest wildfire in New Mexico Monday.

Leah Romero is the trending reporter at the Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached at 575-418-3442, LRomero@lcsun-news.com or @rromero_leah on Twitter.

2-mile trail opens to South Carolina’s highest peak

Hikers who yearn to walk to the highest peak in South Carolina, Sassafras Mountain in northern Pickens County, now have a direct access trail up the mountain for the first time.A long-awaited new two-mile hiking trail opened May 20 that rises more than 800 feet in elevation to the observation tower atop Sassafras Mountain, on the border between the Carolinas. It also marks a continued level of partnership between South Carolina and its neighbors to the north as the trail is almost entirely located in North Carolina.The new Sass...

Hikers who yearn to walk to the highest peak in South Carolina, Sassafras Mountain in northern Pickens County, now have a direct access trail up the mountain for the first time.

A long-awaited new two-mile hiking trail opened May 20 that rises more than 800 feet in elevation to the observation tower atop Sassafras Mountain, on the border between the Carolinas. It also marks a continued level of partnership between South Carolina and its neighbors to the north as the trail is almost entirely located in North Carolina.

The new Sassafras Mountain Trail is part of North Carolina’s Headwaters State Forest, managed by North Carolina Forest Service, which now owns and manages the trail that leads to South Carolina’s highest peak. At 3,553 feet above sea level, Sassafras Mountain is the highest point in South Carolina. By contrast, North Carolina has dozens of peaks higher than 5,000 feet, including its tallest, Mount Mitchell at 6,684 feet.

A partnership between the two states fueled by The Conservation Fund, which owned the Headwaters land before it was turned over to the N.C. Forest Service, made the new trail possible.

It marked the second time in recent years the two states have worked together on a Sassafras Mountain project. When South Carolina officials broached the idea of building an observation tower atop Sassafras, it didn’t have space on the South Carolina side of the line to construct a parking area and tower.

The Conservation Fund gave four acres of land in North Carolina to the state of South Carolina to gain access to the observation tower, which looks out over both states, said Mike Leonard, counsel for The Conservation Fund and a long time conservationist who lives in North Carolina.

Now, South Carolinians can make a gentle hike up a trail built mostly on a former logging road, to the top of Sassafras. The trail winds through a hardwood forest bursting with ferns in an area close to an old drover’s road that ran from Asheville, N.C. to Pickens, S.C.

Trailhead parking in a gravel lot is located at 3573 Glady Fork Rd. in Brevard, N.C. Parking and access to the trail is free. The trail is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily to foot traffic only. No bicycles, horses, vehicles or camping are allowed.

Previously, the only trail to the peak of Sassafras Mountain was via a 10-mile route along the Foothills Trail from Table Rock State Park.

The trail builds on the legacy of Greenville conservationist Tommy Wyche, who envisioned protection of the Blue Ridge Escarpment north of Greenville during the 1960s and 1970s. By the late 1990s, 100,000 acres of the escarpment had been conserved in locations many enjoy today, such as Jocassee Gorges, Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area and the Greenville Watershed.

A stone marker lists Wyche’s vision along with others who contributed to the project. Wyche was a mentor to conservationists like his son, Brad, who saw the trail as a way to carry on his legacy.

During the Great Recession, The Conservation Fund bought the first piece of land that has become Headwaters State Forest and kept options to purchase more acreage on the North Carolina side of the mountains. Volunteers discovered garbage dumpsites, hunting shacks and about 50 cockfighting houses on the property. Over the course of months, they removed more than 20,000 pounds of trash and tires from the park and trail.

Numerous private partners, including the N.C.-based McLure Fund, Conserving Carolina, Fred and Alice Stanback, Jeremy Early Trailworks and the Highpointers Foundation each contributed to build the trail.

“We are proud of our efforts in S.C. at Sassafras Mountain via The Conservation Fund,” said Dave Covill, president of the Highpointers Foundation, which works with the Highpointers Club and seeks to gain trail access to the highest peaks in each state. “With (Mike Leonard’s) leadership and energy, trail work was accomplished that enables visitors to have a true hike to the summit of South Carolina, instead of merely driving up to the nearby trailhead.”

Trail construction was completed in the winter of 2021 but its opening was delayed due to the pandemic.

Black Fire continues to char Gila National Forest, creeps closer to Truth or Consequences

SILVER CITY – About 12,000 more acres of wilderness land is burning in the Gila National Forest Friday as the Black Fire continues to ravage the southwest area of New Mexico and creep closer to Truth or Consequences.The extreme wildfire is burning a total of 10...

SILVER CITY – About 12,000 more acres of wilderness land is burning in the Gila National Forest Friday as the Black Fire continues to ravage the southwest area of New Mexico and creep closer to Truth or Consequences.

The extreme wildfire is burning a total of 104,969 acres in the Gila as of Friday morning, May 20, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire started a week ago, on May 13, in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, north of Mimbres. Containment is still at 0%.

Growth of the fire now places it an estimated 31 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences. Fire personnel are holding a community meeting at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Ralph Edward Civic Center at 400 W. 4th St. in T or C. The meeting will also be livestreamed on the Gila National Forest Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GilaNForest.

The forest service reported Friday morning that fire behavior was active Thursday with uphill runs and spotting on the northern, eastern and southern flanks. Activity along the eastern flank increased Thursday evening to before sunrise Friday morning.

According to the official report, the fire is moving to the east, northeast and southeast. Crews of 475 personnel are working to construct direct and indirect control lines. Point protection tactics are being used to protect private property and infrastructure.

A red flag warning remains in place for much of the state as weather conditions remain dry and windy. The forest service announced that a low pressure system is expected to move out of the Great Basin in California and Nevada and head East toward New Mexico. Temperature highs will range from 78 to 82 degrees with winds blowing around 20 miles per hour southwest to west. Gust can reach up to 35 or 40 miles per hour.

Winds are forecast to die down Saturday as temperatures lower as well. Smoke from the fire remains visible throughout much of southern New Mexico, however the Air Quality Index places most areas within the good or healthy range.

Winston, in Sierra County, is the only area Friday morning listed in the unhealthy range, meaning smoke may affect sensitive groups such as children, older adults, people with heart or lung disease and pregnant women. All groups are encouraged to consider lighter, shorter outdoor activities.

Evacuations in Grant, Catron and Sierra counties are still in place and updated evacuation readiness statuses were announced Friday morning. Ready, Set, Go conditions include:

GO – Area 2: Encompasses part of Catron and Sierra Counties, including Round Mountain, Diamond Bar Ranch, Me Own Work Center, Links Ranch, Lookout Mountain and Sugar Loaf Peak.

GO – Area 4: Areas in Sierra County, including Hermosa and Mud Spring Mountain.

SET – Area 1: Encompasses parts of Catron and Sierra Counties, including Beaverhead and Poverty Creek.

GO – Area 5: Areas in Grant County, including 150 corridor 1.5 south of Tom Moore Trailhead.

SET – Area 3: Areas in Sierra County, including Winston and Chloride.

SET – Area 6: Areas in Grant County, including the Dispersed area south of Black Canyon Access point along the 150 corridor.

READY – Area 7: Areas in Grant County, including 150 corridor Rocky Point Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and Rocky Canyon Campground.

Road closures include County Road 59, between Beaverhead and the 59/52 junction and portions of Forest Road 150 (also known as North Star Mesa Road or Wall Lake Road). I-25 and other state highways remain open.

Temporary flight restrictions over the fire remain in place as airtankers, helicopters and water scoopers assist suppression efforts. Unauthorized aircraft, including drones, are prohibited for use by the public.

Up-to-date information on the fire and other forest news can be found on the Gila National Forest’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GilaNForest or on New Mexico Fire Information at nmfireinfo.com.

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Leah Romero is the trending reporter at the Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached at 575-418-3442, LRomero@lcsun-news.com or @rromero_leah on Twitter.

Eastside baseball outlasts state champ AC Flora in marathon state semifinal battle

The Eastside baseball team hasn’t fared well this season at Falcon Field, but that changed Wednesday.The Eagles defeated A.C. Flora twice, including 9-6 in the decisive second game, to win the Class 4A Upper State championship. The two-game affair lasted almost seven hours.Eastside will play Hartsville in the best-of-three state championship series beginning Saturday. It’s the Eagles’ second championship appearance with the other coming in 2019.“We said yesterday if there was one team who can come...

The Eastside baseball team hasn’t fared well this season at Falcon Field, but that changed Wednesday.

The Eagles defeated A.C. Flora twice, including 9-6 in the decisive second game, to win the Class 4A Upper State championship. The two-game affair lasted almost seven hours.

Eastside will play Hartsville in the best-of-three state championship series beginning Saturday. It’s the Eagles’ second championship appearance with the other coming in 2019.

“We said yesterday if there was one team who can come down here and win two games, we were the team to do it,” Eastside coach Scott Erwin said. “We felt really good but knew it was going to be tough. They were No. 1 for a reason. … But I couldn’t be more proud of our guys.”

A.C. Flora’s loss was part of a tough night for Midlands baseball teams, five of which had their season end in the state semifinals. Gray Collegiate is the lone area team that advanced to the state championship.

Blythewood, Lexington, Airport and Brookland-Cayce all fell just short of reaching the state championship series. Both Flora and Blythewood began the playoffs as No. 1 teams in their classes.

“It’s just one of those things when tonight wasn’t our night,” A.C. Flora coach Andy Hallett said.

Before Wednesday, Eastside had won just once in five games at Falcon Field this year. The Eagles went 1-2-1 in the Forest Acres Classic in April and then lost 6-5 to the Falcons on Saturday.

But Eastside got a dominating starting performance Wednesday from Brody Fowler and relief from David Marshon to win 7-1 in 11 innings to force a deciding game Wednesday evening.

Fowler and Mershon held Flora to just two hits, and Eastside exploded for seven runs in the top of the 11th. Peter Mershon had a three-run homer in the inning.

Flora’s first two pitchers, Stephen West and Charles Flake, matched Eastside’s arms but the Falcons couldn’t get a key hit late in the game. The Falcons had thr bases loaded and two outs in the eighth when Grayson Fore made a nice play in right field to rob Jake Sears of a potential game-winning hit.

“When Stephen and Charles are both throwing zeroes, I’m anticipating we are going to score a run,” Hallett said. “We are a good offensive team that has had a good year scoring runs. We put six up on (Mavis) Graves on Saturday. But tip your hat to their two kids who stymied what we were doing.”

In the second game, A.C. Flora rallied from a pair of deficits. The Falcons scored three runs in the fourth to tie it at 6-6 as both teams’ pitchers struggled with control.

But David Mershon, a Mississippi State signee, belted a two-run homer in the fifth to give the Eagles an 8-6 lead. Eastside added another run in the sixth to go up 9-6.

A.C. Flora got the tying run on deck in the seventh, but Matthew Connor got the final out of the game that ended at 11:58 p.m.

The Falcons end the season at 23-7. A.C. Flora was looking to repeat as state champions for the first time since winning three in a row from 2012-14.

Game 1

WP: David Mershon. LP: Charles Flake. Hitters: E: Brody Fowler 2-5 2 RBI; Peter Mershon 3-5 HR, 3 RBI.

Game 2

WP: Matthew Connor LP: Carter Harrington Hitters: E: David Mershon 2-3 HR, 3 RBI; Peter Mershon 2-4; Jack Davis 1-3 RBI; Lane Schrader 1-3 RBI. ACF: Jake Sears 1-2 RBI

Baseball

Class 5A

Fort Mill 2, Blythewood 1

WP: Mathieu Curtis LP: Davis Wright Hitters: B: Zac Cowan 1-3 RBI. FM: Carter Blankinship 1-2 2 RBI

Berkeley 6, Lexington 0

WP: Greer LP: Cole Long. Hitters: B: Salisbury 2-3 RBI; Legette 2-3 HR, 2 RBI; Barham 2-3.

Class 4A

Hartsville 3, Airport 1

WP: Alexander. LP: John Allen Forrester Hitters: A: Josh Raines 1-3 RBI. H: Jordan 1-2 RBI

Class 3A

Oceanside Collegiate 8, Brookland-Cayce 5

WP: Costa LP: Skylar King Hitters: BC: Skylar King 2-4 2 RBI; Smith 2-2; BJ Etheridge 2-4. OC: Sebuck 2-4; Tyson 1-2 RBI; Jarnagain 2-4 RBI Palmer 1-3 2 RBI; Bowers 1-4 RBI.

Softball

Class 5A

Summerville 9, Chapin 4

LP: Leah Cabe. Hitters: C: Maddie McMillion 1-3 2 RBI

This story was originally published May 19, 2022 1:37 AM.

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