Cibola NF & National Grasslands – Weekly Update -Monsoon Moisture Continues Over 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 14,624 acres, with 12 personnel assigned. This will be a weekly update for the Vics  Peaak Fire barring any significant event on the fire.

Minimal fire behavior was observed on the Vicks Peak Fire over the weekend.  The north end of the fire in Kelly and Coffee Pot Canyons continues to creep and smolder with some interior burning of downed logs. Assigned personnel will monitor the fire throughout the day.

Weather: Monsoon moisture will continue through at least next week.  Daily rounds of showers and thunderstorms will continue.  Flash Flooding will become more of a concern, especially in recent fire scars.

Safety:  Daily chances of flooding could occur in and around the fire area.  The potential in the Monticello and San Mateo Drainages as well throughout the San Mateo Mountains is possible.  In the fire area the safety of the public and firefighters is always the top priority in wildland fire operations.  When driving Forest Roads during approaching storms, please drive carefully, reduce speed, drive with your lights on and “turn around don’t down at water crossings.  Also, when hiking trails, “when thunder roars” go indoors” stay away from ridge tops and seek lower elevations until thunderstorms pass.  For Flash flooding alerts and safety information, visit the National Weather Service website at: http://www.weather.gov/safety/flood. 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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