Successful burnout operations secure western fire edge

Medio Fire – September 1, 2020 Daily Update

Acres: 3,681 acresStart Date: August 17, 2020
Cause: Lightning Containment: 59% Total personnel: 242Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Fuels: Dry mixed conifer, ponderosa pine

Highlights: Crews worked into the night to successfully complete burnout operations on the western edge of the fire. These efforts aimed to eliminate the remaining fuel between the main body of the fire and the handline previously constructed by firefighters.

Operations: Today, firefighters will patrol the containment lines, mop up any hot spots, and continue suppression repair efforts. An initial attack crew stands ready to suppress any new fire starts. Yesterday, crews took advantage of favorable weather conditions to secure the perimeter on the western edge of the fire by burning remaining vegetation between the main body of the fire and the constructed fire line. Aided by aerial ignition, crews worked through the afternoon and into the evening hours to safely ignite a slow backing fire down the slopes to control the fire intensity. Crews completed blading of Aspen Ranch Road to Forest Road 102 as a part of suppression repair efforts. Due to the success of burnout operations yesterday, the incident management team will continue to demobilize resources this week.

Weather: A cold front is expected to move through New Mexico today. Decreased temperatures and increased humidity will temper fire behavior, however afternoon thunderstorms could bring erratic winds that may stoke flames in areas sheltered from precipitation.

Community Meeting: A recording of yesterday’s virtual community meeting is now available at No account is required to view the video. The next virtual community meeting will be streamed 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 closure order remains 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. Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in effect on the Santa Fe National Forest to reduce the risk for human-caused wildfire under the current dry weather conditions. A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the fire area. Santa Fe County has a burn ban currently in effect.

Smoke: Updated smoke and air quality information is available at Residual smoke from yesterday’s burnout operations may linger in canyons and valleys through the morning hours. 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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