Fire crews make progress along southwestern flank

Medio Fire – August 26, 2020 Daily Update                                                               

Acres: 2,845 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020
Cause: Unknown

Containment: 21%

Total personnel: 254

Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest

Fuels: Dry mixed conifer, ponderosa pine


Highlights: Successful burnout operations and handline construction has allowed fire managers to increase containment to 21%. The Santa Fe National Forest implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions today.

Operations: Yesterday, fire crews continued to build containment lines along the southwestern flank. These crews are planning to start burnout operations today to secure this section of the fire perimeter. These burnout operations involve setting fire inside containment lines to consume fuel between the edge of the fire and the containment line. During the cooler evening hours, aviation resources began to ignite ridgetops using aerial ignitions in an effort to secure the western flank. Additional burnout operations may begin today along the northern flank, where the fire continues backing down to the Rio Nambe Trail. Along the eastern edge, fire crews worked to secure powerline poles to prevent further damage to the Jemez Coop Electric infrastructure. The fire is expected to continue moving east into the burn scar from the 2011 Pacheco Fire, where it should eventually burn itself out due to the lack of available fuels in this area.

Community Meeting: The IMT hosted a virtual community meeting yesterday, with over 400 participants viewing the live video. A recording of the meeting is now available at No account is required to view the video. The next virtual community meeting will be held tonight at 6 pm on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Facebook page. American Sign Language interpretation and live-captioning services are provided. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting, or you can email us your questions in advance at A recording will be posted immediately following the live meeting.

Closures and Restrictions: The Santa Fe National Forest implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions today to reduce the risk for human-caused wildfire under the current dry weather conditions. Under Stage 1 restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided for use. There is also a closure order in effect prohibiting members of the public from entering the restricted area, including all Forest Service lands, roads and trails, within an area that is roughly defined by the Rio Nambe Trail #160 on the north, the Borrego Trail #150 and Forest Road 412 on the east, Forest Road 102 on the south and back up the forest boundary line on the west to meet the Rio Nambe Trail #160. Fire managers are asking the public to exercise caution and avoid all areas that could be impacted by the Medio Fire.

Smoke: Updated smoke and air quality information is now available at The New Mexico Environment Department is continuing its Air Quality Alert for Santa Fe, Nambe, Pojoaque, and Tesuque Pueblos and surrounding communities due to the smoke from the Medio Fire, as well as wildfires in neighboring states. Smoke from the Medio Fire is likely to be visible from Santa Fe and surrounding communities as well as along the I-25 and US-285 corridors. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found at



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