Lightning-Caused McClure Fire 30% Contained

June 24, 2016; 1:00 p.m.
• 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 east of Hyde Memorial 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: 7.6 acres
Percent Contained: 30%
Cause: Lightning
Growth Potential: Moderate
Vegetation: Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, ponderosa pine

Summary: Hotshot crews completed line around the perimeter of the McClure Fire, and the fire has been declared 30% contained. As firefighters continue to gain control over the McClure Fire, yesterday’s ramp-up in resources is being reversed. Three of the four Type 1 helicopters assigned to the fire for aerial water drops are being released today.

The strategy for the McClure Fire is full suppression to protect the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed and its reservoirs. The McClure Fire is in the Pecos Wilderness portion of the Watershed in an area that has not been treated to reduce the risk of wildfire.

In coordination with the City of Santa Fe and other partners, the Forest Service has authority to conduct prescribed burns through aerial ignitions in portions of the Wilderness. Fire managers will consider a plan to conduct prescribed fire treatments in the Wilderness portion of the Watershed after this year’s fire season.

Values Threatened: Santa Fe Municipal Watershed, including the McClure Reservoir

Weather: Another round of showers and thunderstorms is expected today and continuing on Saturday. High temperatures at elevation today will be in the mid to high 70s with 5 to 10 mph winds.

Resources Assigned:
• 4 Hotshot crews: Santa Fe, Wyoming, Boise and Silver State Hotshots
• Atalaya hand crew
• 2 air attack fixed-wing aircraft
• 1 Type 1 helicopter
• 1 Type 2 helicopter
• 2 Type 3 helicopters
• 1 Rapid Extraction Module (REM) team to respond in the event of firefighter injury or illness
• 2 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

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, which puts firefighter safety at risk and stops suppression efforts. Visit for more information.

Fire Information: Updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at and on @SantaFeNFand

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