Medio Fire Update, Santa Fe NF, June 11, 2017

Location:

  • Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest
  • Approximately 3 miles east of the Camp Frank Rand Boy Scout Camp near Cerro Piñon and Cañon Chimayo and southwest of Santa Cruz Lake.

Start Date:  Smoke was first reported at approximately 4:15 p.m. on June 10, 2017

Size: Estimated between 2.5 to 5 acres                               Percent Contained:  0%

Cause: Unknown, under investigation                                Growth Potential: High

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir with heavy fuel in spots

Objectives:     (1) Firefighter and public safety                         (2) Full suppression

Summary:  Santa Fe Helitack continued to drop buckets of water on the Medio Fire throughout the day, and 17 firefighters are on scene. At 6:00 p.m. Sunday, the east side of the fire closest to the Pecos Wilderness was holding, and crews are working into the night to prepare for windy Red Flag conditions on Monday. Part of the full suppression strategy is to keep the Medio Fire from spotting into the drainages. The potential for growth is high because of the steep terrain and heavy fuel loads. No significant structures are threatened. The Santa Fe National Forest has closed Trail 228 due to its proximity to the fire.

Weather:  Critical fire weather conditions with strong wind and low humidity are expected to continue with a Red Flag warning in effect from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow. Low-level moisture late this week could lead to thunderstorms over the central mountains.

Resources Assigned:

  • Santa Fe Helitack with 1 Type 3 helicopter
  • 17 personnel on site
  • 2 engines

Smoke: Smoke from the Medio Fire may be visible from Española, Pojoaque, Nambe, Tesuque and Santa Fe. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease 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 https://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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