Firefighters Vigilant as Dry Thunderstorms Continue Over Vics Peak Fire

Magdalena, NM – For Immediate Release – The lightning-caused Vics Peak Fire, burning on the Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest since June 15, remains at 6,912 acres, with 164 personnel assigned.

The Magdalena Ranger District has experienced thunderstorm activity for the past three days, and fuels continue to dry out with minimal precipitation received. Reconnaissance flights yesterday across the District did not pick up any new fire starts from lightning. There was an uptick in fire behavior in certain regions of the fire, and crews applied water using aircraft to reinforce protection of values at risk. Today, firefighters will continue to hold the containment line on Forest Road 225 and secure the containment line running through Red Canyon. Aerial ignitions and other air operations may continue as needed today. A road crew has been assembled to improve existing Forest Roads where necessary to improve driving conditions for firefighters and support personnel.

Weather: Better chances for wetting showers and storms will shift to the central mountain chain and east as very dry conditions persist over the west through Friday. Forecasted winds are below critical thresholds through Saturday into Sunday. Potential for dry convection returns to portions of southern and western New Mexico. Friday will be mostly sunny with a high near 76°F and northwest winds 5-10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Saturday, a slight chance of thunderstorms is expected after noon, with little to no precipitation expected and a high ~75°F.

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. Medical teams have been placed near all crew camps and operational work areas to support firefighters.The public is reminded to avoid the use of unmanned aerial systems (drones) near wildfires (

Smoke: Smoke over the fire area has been moderate and 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 10-miletemporary flight restriction remains in place around San Mateo Peak for the safety of all aircraft and ground resources. Forest Road 225, Springtime Campground, Luna Park Campground, and the following trails leading into Apache Kid Wilderness remain closed to the public: Apache Kid, Teepe Peak, Cowboy, Smith, Drift Fence, Milo, Nave, 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: 6,912 acres

Percent Contained: 5%

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

Resources assigned: 1 Type 3 Incident Management Team, 4 Type 6 Engines, 1 Interagency Hotshot Crew, 2 Type 2 Initial Attack Crew, 1 Wildland Fire Module, 1 Air Attack, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 7 Smoke Jumpers, Road Crew, Fireline Paramedics, 2 Rapid Extraction Modules, 1 Medical Screening Team, 1 Medical Decontamination Team.


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