Mopping Up on the Seco Fire

August 11, 2020 Update

Location: 3 Mi SE of Mt. Taylor Cause: Unknown Percent Contained: 64%
Date Reported: 8/3/2020

Personnel: 120

Size: ~26 acres Fuel: Mixed Conifer and Ponderosa pine
Resources assigned: 1 Type 3 Incident Management Team, 2 Type 2 IA Crews, 2 Engines, 2 Fire modules, 1 Helicopter, 5 water tender and various support personnel from the Cibola NF and cooperating agencies.


Grants, NM – For Immediate Release – After a second quiet day, crews were able to again focus on mop-up yesterday. The Seco Fire remains at 26 acres and is now 64% contained. Today crews will be focusing on the remainder of uncontained line as well as mop-up. During morning briefing, crews were encouraged to be super careful as these quiet mop-up days are the easiest time to lose focus and have an accident or injury. Firefighters are using hose lays (arrangement of connected lengths of fire hose and accessories on the ground, beginning at the first pumping unit and ending at the point of water delivery) to cool down debris from the perimeter of the fire toward the interior.  They are focusing on hot spots such as burning stump holes and larger burning logs.

The incident management team is working to fully suppress this fire burning on Forest Service land and is working closely with local cooperators.

Weather: Partly cloudy in the morning with a 0% chance of scattered showers. Temperatures around 81°-85° with humidity in the mid-teens. Northwest winds will be 5-9 mph. Any thunderstorms that arrive could bring strong and erratic winds to the fire area.

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, 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

Closures: There are currently no closures in place but the public is asked to stay out of the fire area as there is heavy fire traffic. There is a 5-mile temporary flight restriction (TFR) over the fire area to protect pilots and firefighters.

Seco Fire Information: 505-506-1959,


New Mexico Fire Information:

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