Aerial Drops Continue on McClure Fire (Santa Fe NF)

June 23, 2016; 6:00 p.m.

Location:

  • Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
  • In the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed approximately 3 miles northeast of McClure Reservoir and 2 miles from Hyde State Park within the Pecos Wilderness portion of the Watershed

Start Date:  Smoke was first reported at 12:21 p.m. on June 23, 2016, by the Barillas Lookout Tower on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District

Size:  Approximately 5 acres                                     Percent Contained:  0%

Cause:  Unknown, under investigation                    Growth Potential:  High

Vegetation: Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, ponderosa pine

Summary:  Water drops from heavy helicopters kept the McClure Fire at approximately 5 acres throughout the afternoon.  At 5:00 p.m., air tankers started dropping fire retardant with the intention of boxing in the fire to keep it from spreading.  Due to steep terrain and snags in the immediate area of the fire, Hotshot crews are on hold tonight and expected to hike into the area in the morning.

The potential for growth is high because the area is in the Pecos Wilderness and has not been treated with thinning or prescribed burns to reduce the risk of wildfire.  The Santa Fe National Forest is coordinating response with the City of Santa Fe from a staging area at Hyde State Park.

Values Threatened:  The Santa Fe Municipal Watershed, including the McClure Reservoir; a communication site used by FAA, fire, law enforcement, EMS and others

Weather:  60% chance of moisture with possible showers and thunderstorms through the evening.  Low temperatures overnight in the upper 50s to mid 60s with southwest winds in the 10 to 15 mph range.

Resources Assigned: 

  • 5 Hotshot crews:  Santa Fe, Wyoming, Boise and half of the Silver State Hotshots
  • Atalaya hand crew
  • 2 air attack fixed-wing aircraft
  • 3 heavy air tankers
  • 1 single-engine air tanker (SEAT)
  • 4 Type 1 helicopters
  • 1 Type 2 helicopter
  • 2 Type 3 helicopters
  • 3 Forest Service engines
  • Multiple city, county engines

Smoke:  Smoke from the McClure Fire may be visible from Santa Fe, Tesuque, Glorieta, Pecos Canyon, El Dorado and I-25.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures.  Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Drones:  Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones, are a serious impediment to wildland firefighting.  If a drone is spotted near a wildfire, all aircraft will be grounded for safety reasons, putting firefighter safety at risk and stopping suppression efforts.  Visit http://www.nifc.gov/drones/ for more information.

Fire Information:  Updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com and on @SantaFeNFand www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.

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