Vics Peak Fire 18% Contained, Holds Through Critical Fire Weather

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, has grown to 10,624 acres, with 172 personnel assigned.

Fire behavior continues to be active, mainly within the interior, and it will likely continue to produce heat until the area receives appreciable rain. However, the high winds are expected to subside today, and the fire area is likely to see a shift to a more consistently moist regime in the coming days and as we approach monsoon season. Most of the current containment is on the southeast perimeter of the fire. Today crews will rehabilitate and improve roads, continue monitoring the fire, and conduct firing operations along ridgetops and/or containment lines as needed.

Weather: The low-pressure system causing windy conditions is lifting away from the region today and winds will diminish noticeably this afternoon, lowering fire weather concerns over the fire. Today, the high will be ~84°F, winds 10-15 mph, and RH 10-15%. High pressure will build over the region tonight and Thursday, bringing moisture from the gulf, marking the end of a persistently dry weather regime and bring in a relatively consistent, more moist environment over the region. This means more clouds, higher RH, and daily chances for showers and thunderstorms Thursday through the upcoming weekend.

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 (https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/fire/uas/if-you-fly).

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 http://nmtracking.org/fire.

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, Teepee Peak, Cowboy, Smith, Drift Fence, Milo, Nave, Coffee Pot, Post, Cold Spring, Maverick, San Mateo, Skeleton Ridge, Indian Creek, and Shipman. The ~3-mile temporary road closure has been extended through today on Forest Road 330 (Rosedale road) between Rosedale and the turn-off to Grassy Lookout. A road crew is improving the road for firefighter and public safety.

Vics Peak Fire Information:505-933-5682, 2020.vicspeak@firenet.gov

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6788/

New Mexico Fire Information: www.nmfireinfo.com

Facebook: Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands (@cibolanf) https://www.facebook.com/cibolanf/

Twitter: Cibola NF&Grasslands; (@Cibola_NF) https://twitter.com/cibola_nf?lang=en

Location: San Mateo Mountains

Date Reported: 6/15/2020

Cause: Lightning

Size: 10,624 acres

Percent Contained: 18%

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

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

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