Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go! Always check with the local agency for current fire restrictions before visiting public lands.  For more information, call the Fire Restrictions Hotline: 1-877-864-6985. BeSafe.org Outdoor Safety Tips from Smokey Bear Campfire Safety Backyard Burning Equipment Maintenance Tips for Enjoying the Outdoors Safely During Fire Season Fire Danger Descriptions Grilling Safety Tips One Less Spark, One Less […]

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BAER Team Completes Rapid Assessment of Medio Fire Severity, Impacts

SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 24, 2020 – The Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team assigned to the Medio Fire on the Santa Fe National Fire (SFNF) completed a rapid assessment of the fire’s effects, including the potential for post-fire flooding, erosion and sedimentation. The BAER Team’s primary focus was on immediate risks […]

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Valles Caldera National Preserve Plans Fall Prescribed Burns to Reduce Fuels Loads, Improve Forest Resilience

Jemez Springs, NM — The National Park Service (NPS) is planning to initiate prescribed fires in the southwest corner of Valles Caldera National Preserve later this fall to reduce hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, and create healthier, more resilient forest and watershed ecosystems. The prescribed burns, planned between September 30 to December 31, 2020, include […]

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Santa Fe National Forest Considers Fall Prescribed Burns to Reduce Fuels Loads, Improve Forest Resilience

SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 17, 2020 – Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are taking a carefully considered look at resuming the limited use of prescribed fire to reduce hazardous fuels, improve wildlife habitat, and create healthier, more resilient forest and watershed ecosystems. A final decision on whether to proceed with […]

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Medio Fire Update Sept. 14, 2020: 100% Containment  

This will be the final update on the Medio Fire unless conditions change. Start date: Aug. 17, 2020             Cause: Lightning              Size: 4,010 acres              Containment: 100% Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Current status:  The Medio Fire is 100% contained.  Firefighters are monitoring the perimeter to ensure the lines are […]

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Medio Fire Update Sept. 11, 2020: Minimal Movement on Northeast Corner of Medio Fire

Start date: Aug. 17, 2020             Cause: Lightning              Size: 4,010 acres              Containment: 95% Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Current status:  Moisture and cooler temperatures over the last few days minimized fire growth on the northeast corner of the Medio Fire, pushing into the fire scar from the 2011 Pacheco […]

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Sierra Fire – Lincoln County – 09/10/20 – First and Final Notification

A one-acre wildfire in the Ruidoso, NM area is producing a significant amount of smoke, which may linger for several days. The Sierra Fire was first reported just before 1:00 AM this morning at Sierra Contracting, a private business off of U.S. Highway 70 in Ruidoso Downs. Lightning started the fire, which is burning pinon, juniper, brush, […]

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Santa Fe National Forest Lifts Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 10, 2020 – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will lift campfire and smoking restrictions effective 8 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 11, 2020, due to widespread moisture across the forest and decreasing fire danger. The forest implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions on Aug. 26 to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire […]

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Medio Fire Update Sept. 10, 2020: Substantial Precipitation Minimizes Fire Behavior

Start date: Aug. 17, 2020             Cause: Lightning              Size: 4,010 acres                           Containment: 95% Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Current status:  The Medio Fire received substantial precipitation overnight minimizing fire behavior and growth. No flooding has been reported. […]

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Medio Fire Update Sept. 9, 2020: Cold Front Helps Increase Containment of Medio Fire

Start date: Aug. 17, 2020             Cause: Lightning              Size: 4,010 acres                           Containment: 95% Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Current status:  Containment lines continue to hold as strong winds from the northwest pushed the Medio Fire into the […]

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Medio Fire Update Sept. 8, 2020: Medio Fire Continues to Push into 2011 Pacheco Fire Scar

Start date: Aug. 17, 2020             Cause: Lightning              Size: 3,948 acres              Containment: 90% Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Current status:  The Medio Fire continues to burn dead and down timber in the northeast corner, pushing into the fire scar from the 2011 Pacheco Fire. Fire activity added 50 acres […]

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Medio Fire Update Sept. 7, 2020: Pockets of Unburned Fuels Heat Up Due to High Temps, Single-Digit Humidity

Closure Order Prohibits the Public from Entering the Area Start date: Aug. 17, 2020             Cause: Lightning              Size: 3,898 acres              Containment: 90% Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Current status:  The Medio Fire made a little push on the northeast corner into the fire scar from the 2011 Pacheco Fire, […]

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Medio Fire Update Sept. 6, 2020: More Visible Smoke Today as Interior Pockets Ignite in Record High Temps

Start date: Aug. 17, 2020             Cause: Lightning              Size: 3,773 acres              Containment: 90% Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Current status:  The southwestern side of the Medio Fire is putting up a fair amount of smoke today as hot, dry conditions contributed to more active fire behavior. Aerial observation confirms […]

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Lincoln National Forest- Smoke Visible from Capitan, Carrizozo

Smoke from the Dark Canyon Fire is visible from the Carrizozo and Capitan areas. The smoke is from an interior pocket of fuel burning within the fire perimeter. Fire crews are aware of the fire activity and are monitoring the situation.

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Medio Fire Update Sept. 4, 2020: 90% Contained with Visible Smoke as Interior Pockets Continue to Burn

Start date: Aug. 17, 2020             Cause: Lightning              Size: 3,773 acres              Containment: 90% Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Current status:  This morning the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 transferred command of the Medio Fire back to the Santa Fe National Forest, led by Type 4 Incident […]

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Santa Fe National Forest to assume command of the Medio Fire

Medio Fire – September 3, 2020 Final Daily Update Acres: 3,741 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020 Cause: Lightning Containment: 74% Total personnel: 203 Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Fuels: Dry mixed conifer, ponderosa pine Highlights: The Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 will transfer command […]

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BAER Team Begins Post-Fire Assessment of Medio Fire

SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 2, 2020 – A Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team plans to begin assessing post-fire conditions on the Medio Fire as early as Thursday. With a primary focus on human life and safety, the BAER Team will analyze the fire’s impact, determine any values at immediate risk and […]

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Medio Fire activity winding down

Medio Fire – September 2, 2020 Daily Update                  Acres: 3,721 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020 Cause: Lightning Containment: 59% Total personnel: 209 Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Fuels: Dry mixed conifer, ponderosa pine Highlights: As a result of successful […]

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FINAL – East Well Fire 80% Contained – Socorro County – September 1, 2020

The East Well Fire located on state land near Claunch, NM in Socorro County is now 80% contained and remains estimated at 634 acres. Firefighters will continue to secure fire lines and mop-up hot spots. Fire activity is minimal with little to no smoke showing from the interior. Full containment is projected for Friday, September […]

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