Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Fire Update – Record Heat Conditions 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 13,477 acres, with 19 personnel assigned.

Moderate fire behavior continued over the Vicks Peak Fire yesterday. The fire continues to move between Milo Canyon and Smith Canyon.  The fire is backing and creeping north from West Blue and Teepee Peak Mountains. Today, fire operations will continue 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. Crews will continue to evaluate the need for aerial firing operations to eliminate fire intensity.

Weather: High pressure will continue to strengthen over the state, with record breaking heat that will occur each day through early next week.  Some mid-level moisture moving into the Gila region may generate a few dry thunderstorms on Friday, but otherwise, dry unstable conditions are expected to continue through the next several days.  A weak front could produce isolated storms across the northeast late Saturday and Sunday. Further relief may arrive late next week as the high finally weakens and moves eastward which allows moisture and precipitation chances to develop.

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: 575-418-7875, 2020.vicspeak@firenet.gov

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

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

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