Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Fire Update – Drier Fire Weather Predicted for Vics Peak Fire

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 13076 acres, with 54 personnel assigned.

Moderate fire behavior occurred over the Vicks Peak Fire yesterday. The fire continues to progress to the west backing down the slope in Milo Canyon.  Additionally, smoldering and creeping was observed on West Blue and Teepee Peak Mountains on the northern fire perimeter. Today, fire operations will assess opportunities to secure the fire edge in Milo Canyon and 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.

Weather: A chance for showers and thunderstorm will continue to trend downward on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Drier conditions with stronger winds will develop over northwest New Mexico on Tuesday.  On Wednesday and through next week, winds will decrease, and a high ridge of pressure will block any monsoon flows from entering the state. Extremely dry conditions with high relative humidity will be accompanied by record high temperatures.

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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