Vics Peak Fire Transitioning Back to Local Type 4 Organization Tomorrow

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 11,713 acres, with 124 personnel assigned.

The chance for fire weather conditions will continue its downward trajectory into the weekend. The potential for fire growth has slowed dramatically. The Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will transition command of the incident to a local Type 4 organization Saturday July 4. Operations will continue to monitor the fire, rehabilitate fences and recreation sites that were affected, conduct reconnaissance flights, and provide initial attack for any new fires that start on the district.

Weather: Relative humidity recoveries will increase through the weekend, and daily minimum RH will also be elevated well above dry fire-season levels. Winds will be light and terrain dominated. Today, increased cloud development and chances for showers and thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon. These conditions will repeat and persist 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. 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.

*This is the last Vics Peak Fire news release that will be distributed by the Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team. For further information on this fire, contact Cynthia Wolf, Fire Information Officer at the Magdalena Ranger District Office, 505-933-5682.

Vics Peak Fire


New Mexico Fire Information:

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Location: San Mateo Mountains

Date Reported: 6/15/2020

Cause: Lightning

Size: 11,713 acres

Percent Contained: 32%

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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