Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Team Managing the Seco Fire

 

August 6, 2020 Update

Location: San Mateo Mountains Cause: Unknown Percent Contained: 0%
Date Reported: 8/3/2020 Size: ~20 acres Fuel: Mixed Conifer and Ponderosa pine
Resources assigned: 1 Type 3 Incident Management Team, 1 Interagency Hotshot Crew, 2 Engines, 2 Fire modules, 1 Air Attack, 1 Helicopter and various support personnel from the Cibola and cooperating agencies.

 Grants, NM – For Immediate Release – The Seco Fire was reported on the Mount Taylor Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest on Monday, August 3, 2020 around 2:00 pm. This approximately 20 acre fire is located in Cibola County, roughly 13 miles east of Grants, 3.5 miles southeast of Mt. Taylor and 8 miles north of Interstate 40. Firefighters responded on Monday and have been working in very steep and rugged terrain the past 3 days. The Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team was brought in and has now assumed command of the Seco Fire.  The team provides more resources to support firefighters in the full suppression and management of this fire.

Observed fire behavior has been creeping and torching.  Airtankers have been ordered to assist in today’s firefighting efforts.  No evacuations or official closures have been issued at this time, however local residents are advised to please steer clear of the fire area. The incident management team is working to fully suppress this fire that is currently burning on Forest Service land.  We are also working closely with local cooperators.

Safety: Safety of the public and firefighters is always the top priority in wildland fire operations. Seco Fire operations include best management practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within firefighter crews/operations and within the general public.

No Drone Zone: The public is reminded to avoid the use of unmanned aerial systems (drones) near wildfires. If drones are illegally flown over a fire, air operations could be suspended. When this happens, fire crews lose a valuable resource, which can adversely affect the safety and efficiency of the overall firefighting effort. Law enforcement can take action against a private citizen or commercial business illegally flying drones over a wildfire. For more information on drones, see https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/fire/uas/if-you-fly, and Know Before You Fly!

Smoke: Smoke may be visible from I-40, and throughout the local area including the Laguna Reservation. Smoke may be monitored if necessary to assess potential health impacts, and 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 5-mile Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire for the safety of aviation and ground resources.  There are currently no closures in place but the public is asked to stay out of the fire area as there could be heavy fire traffic.

Contacts:  We are currently setting up our contact information.  Please be patient as we will be delayed just a bit in responding to emails until we are up and running.

Seco Fire Information: 505-506-1959, 2020.seco@firenet.gov

New Mexico Fire Information: www.nmfireinfo.com

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