Thunderstorms Expected Today Over Vics Peak Fire

Magdalena, NM – For Immediate Release – The lightning-caused Vics Peak fire started on the Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest on Monday June 15, 2020. The fire is burning in the Apache Kid Wilderness in the southern portion of the San Mateo Mountains. The fire has grown to an estimated 7,023 acres, with 123 personnel assigned.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to bring lower temperatures and higher humidity today. Gusty and erratic winds are possible over the fire this afternoon. Aerial ignitions are planned to continue today with crews keeping a close eye on changes in weather conditions. Crews will be scouting containment lines north of the fire.

Closed roads and trails will be signed and/or barricaded for safety of both the public and firefighters.

Weather: A moist cold front is expected to continue moving toward the burn area into the early morning today. Mostly sunny in the morning, then partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 0 % increasing to 30 % in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to reach 83° F and humidity will increase today to 20 – 28%. Gusty and erratic winds are expected near thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Safety: Safety of the public and firefighters is always the top priority in wildland fire operations. Vics Peak Fire operations include best management practices to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 within firefighter crews/operations and within the general public.The public is reminded to avoid the use of unmanned aerial systems (drones) near wildfires. For more information on drones, see, and Know Before You Fly!

Smoke: Smoke will continue to be visible from I-25, NM-1, and NM-107. The Forest Service will coordinate with the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the New Mexico Environment Department and Department of Health to issue any needed alerts. Additional information can be found at

Closures: A 5-mile temporary flight restriction remains in place over the fire for the safety of aviation and ground resources. Forest Road 225, Springtime Campground, and the following trails leading into the Apache Kid Wilderness are currently closed to the public: Apache Kid, Coffee Pot, Post, Cold Spring, Maverick, San Mateo, Skeleton Ridge, Indian Creek, and Shipman.

Vics Peak Fire Information: 505-933-5682,


New Mexico Fire Information:

Facebook: Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands (@cibolanf)

Twitter: Cibola NF&Grasslands; (@Cibola_NF)

Location: San Mateo Mountains

Date Reported: 6/15/2020

Cause: Lightning

Size: 7,023

Percent Contained: 0

Fuel: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, pinyon/juniper, mahogany

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