Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Fire Update – Vics Peak Fire Activity Shows Minimal Fire Behavior

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 12,990 acres, with 66 personnel assigned.

Minimal fire behavior occurred over the Vics Peak Fire yesterday. Today, fire operations will continue to hold and secure along Forest Roads and trails to protect range infrastructures, cultural sites, private lands, and critical habitat within the fire perimeter. Any 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: Drier air is forecast to push into the San Mateo Mountain form the west. Afternoon winds will become more northerly but remain light.  Partly cloudy skies with a chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms is possible during the afternoon.  Storms will be possible again on Tuesday through the 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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