Containment Climbs as Moisture Moves in on 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, has grown to 11,463 acres, with 172 personnel assigned.

The chance for fire weather conditions will continue its downward trajectory over the next four days. The potential for fire growth has slowed dramatically. Today, crews will work to clean up hazard trees near Springtime Campground, construct water bars along containment lines where necessary, continue firing ridgetops in the Blue Mountain area as needed, and monitor active fire. The incident is expected to transition from type 3 down to type 4 at the end of the week.

Weather: Relative humidity recoveries will increase through the weekend, and daily minimum RH will also be elevated well above dry fire-season levels. With high pressure building over New Mexico, winds will be light and terrain dominated. Today, increased moisture across the region will result in increased cloud development and chances for showers and thunderstorms. These conditions will repeat and persist each day through the weekend. Next week, some drying is expected, but not drastically back to typical fire season dryness.

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, Teepee 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: 11,463 acres

Percent Contained: 34%

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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