McClure Fire Update, Santa Fe National Forest

June 23, 2016; 9:00 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: 15 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Growth Potential: High
Vegetation: Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, ponderosa pine

Summary: The McClure Fire is now 15 acres. Since 5:00 p.m. today, air tankers have put retardant along the rear, or heel, of the fire and along the west flank. Water drops from heavy helicopters continued on the rest of the fire. Air operations ended for the night at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Hotshot crews pre-positioned at Nichols Reservoir are planning to get an early start and hike into the area in the morning to dig a hand line to keep the fire from spreading. The fire is in steep terrain on the upslope of a drainage.

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 McClure Fire will transition to a Type 3 Incident Management Team Friday morning.

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

Weather: Evening showers and thunderstorms are bringing much-needed moisture to the Santa Fe area. Overnight temperatures are expected to be in the upper 50s to mid 60s with southwest winds in the 10 to 15 mph range.

Resources Assigned:
• 3.5 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 http://www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF.

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