Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Fire Update – Vics Peak Fire Personnel Represent Local, State and Federal Firefighters

Magdalena, NM – For Immediate Release – The lightning-caused Vics Peak Fire, burning on the Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest since June 15, has grown to 12,712 acres, with 66 personnel assigned.

Fire personnel on the Vics Peak Fire represented a variety of both local, state and federal agencies.  These crews come from Albuquerque Fire & Rescue, BLM, Payette NF, Boise NF, Lincoln NF, and the Angles NF.  Today, fire operations will involve continuing to hold and conduct firing operations along Forest Roads and trails to protect range infrastructures, cultural sites, private lands, and critical habitat within the fire perimeter. Significant shifts in the weather may impact behavior due to developing afternoon and evening thunderstorms activity over the fire perimeter. The perimeter of the fire continues to be monitored and patrolled.

Weather: Warm to hot temperatures are forecast for most of northern and central New Mexico for this 4th of July holiday weekend.  A few thunderstorms are forecast around the Continental Divide were rainfall amounts will be minimal.  The best chance for thunderstorms will once again be focused over the eastern half of New Mexico.  Storms will be possible again on Monday and Tuesday of next week along the central mountain chain, with drier conditions expected for most of the remainder of the week with temperatures climbing above normal.

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-mile temporary 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, 2020.vicspeak@firenet.gov

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

New Mexico Fire Information: http://www.nmfireinfo.com

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