Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Fire Update – Vics Peak Fire at 50% Containment

 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 13,981 acres, with 24 personnel assigned.

Light to Moderate fire behavior continued over the Vicks Peak Fire yesterday. The fire continues to move between Milo Canyon and Smith Canyon with fire backing slowly into San Mateo Canyon.  The fire continues to progress north from West Blue and Teepee Peak Mountains flanking and backing in the 1994 Coffee Pot Fire footprint. Today, fire crews will secure the fire edge where possible and identify control features along Forest Roads and trails to protect range infrastructures, cultural sites and critical habitat within the fire perimeter. Crews will continue to evaluate the need for aerial firing operations in order to limit severe fire intensities.

Weather: Record heat to continue Saturday and into Sunday with an unstable airmass resulting in little amounts of moisture developing in northeast New Mexico and the Sangre de Cristo mountains range. Isolated dry thunderstorms are possible Saturday over the west and central mountain chain into northwest New Mexico. The upper high will temporarily shift to the east early next week, allowing for a greater chance for wetting showers and storms with a cooldown in the 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 Info

rmation: 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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