Medio Fire Update, June 12, 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 initially reported at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2017

Size: Approximately 3 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: Assisted by bucket drops from a Type 3 helicopter over the weekend, fire crews held the Medio Fire to less than five acres.  A containment line has been fully constructed around the fire to keep it from spotting into the drainages.  However, due to Red Flag conditions in the area, crews will continue to monitor the fire overnight.

Weather: The National Weather Service reports strong southwest to west winds, combined with an unstable and very dry air mass. Poor humidity recoveries tonight will be followed by above-normal temperatures and strong southwest to west winds tomorrow.  The combination of high temperatures, strong winds and low relative humidity can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Smoke: Smoke from the Medio Fire may be visible from Española, Pojoaque, Nambe, Tesuque and Santa Fe.. Precautionary measures are recommended for smoke-sensitive individuals and those with respiratory or heart illnesses. Information on air qualify and measure to protect your health is available online from the New Mexico Department of Health https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Drones:  The use of unmanned aircraft systems (drones) near wildfires is prohibited and will stop suppression efforts.  Drones near wildfires jeopardize firefighter safety and cause all aircraft to be grounded.  For more information, visit https://www.nifc.gov/drones.

Fire information:  Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at nmfireinfo.com and on @SantaFeNF and http://www.Facebook.com/SantaFeNF.

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