Minimal Fire Activity Overnight on the 7.6-Acre McClure Fire

June 24, 2016; 11:00 a.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 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 measured by GPS
Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Growth Potential: High
Vegetation: Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, ponderosa pine

Summary: Firefighters on scene used GPS to measure the McClure Fire at 7.6 acres this morning and reported minimal fire activity overnight, primarily due to measurable moisture from a round of showers and thunderstorms in the area. Hotshot crews are making good progress hand-digging fireline to contain the fire. Aerial water drops continue 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.

The fire is in steep terrain on the upslope of a drainage. The Forest Service is coordinating firefighting efforts with the City of Santa Fe and other partners from a staging area at Hyde Memorial State Park.

Although there are no road closures or fire restrictions on the Santa Fe National Forest now, visitors are cautioned to be aware of current and forecast weather conditions, especially lightning, and use situational awareness.

Values Threatened: Santa Fe Municipal Watershed, including the McClure Reservoir; the Tesuque Peak communication site which hosts radio equipment for federal, state, local and commercial users, including emergency responders.

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
• 4 Type 1 helicopters
• 1 Type 2 helicopter
• 2 Type 3 helicopters
• 1 Rapid Extraction Module (REM) team to respond in the event of firefighter injury or illness
• 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, which puts firefighter safety at risk and stops 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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