Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands – Final Fire Update -Vics Peak Fire 100% Contained

Magdalena, NM – For Immediate Release – The lightning-caused Vics Peak Fire, burning on the Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest since June 15, remains 14,624 acres and is now 100% contained. This will be the final operational update for the Vics Peak Fire barring any significant events on the fire.

Minimal fire behavior was observed on the Vics Peak Fire over the weekend.  Areas of interior burning, smoldering and creeping continues, but overall, minimal smoke has been observed in the last seven days.

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.  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: The public is reminded to avoid the use of unmanned aerial systems (drones) near wildfires (

Smoke: Smoke over the fire area has been minimal but may at times 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

Closures:  For the safety of the public, in respect to the potential for flash flooding and debris flow, 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,


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