Medio Fire activity winding down

Medio Fire – September 2, 2020 Daily Update                 

Acres: 3,721 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020
Cause: Lightning

Containment: 59%

Total personnel: 209

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

Fuels: Dry mixed conifer, ponderosa pine

Highlights: As a result of successful firefighting efforts, Medio Fire activity is winding down as suppression repair activities continue around the fire perimeter.

Operations: Yesterday, firefighting crews continued to “mop up” along the western perimeter, patrolling areas where burnout operations were completed on Monday. Mopping up involves extinguishing or removing burning material near containment lines after an area has burned. Despite warmer temperatures and increased winds, crews did not observe increased fire behavior or any new spot fires, which increased the team’s confidence that this area has been secured. With warmer temperatures today, the team will continue monitoring the area for signs of renewed fire activity. Suppression repair activities are continuing today. Fire crews will gather any remaining firefighting equipment such as hoses and pumps, using helicopters to remove equipment from the most remote areas. Structure protection equipment will be removed from residences along lower Pacheco Canyon and Rio en Medio. The incident management team will continue demobilizing resources throughout the remainder of the week.

Community Meeting: A recording of the meeting is now available at https://facebook.com/santafeNF/. 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 2020.medio@firenet.gov. A recording will be posted immediately following the live meeting. The final virtual community meeting hosted by the IMT will be held tomorrow (September 3) at 6 pm.

Weather:  A cold front moved across the fire this morning. Temperatures will increase over the day, with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. A warming and drying trend is expected to continue through the weekend.

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 https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/SantaFe. Smoke will be visible as fuels continue to dry out. 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 https://www.env.nm.gov/air-quality/.

 

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7031/

Santa Fe National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/santafe/home

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/santafeNF/

New Mexico Fire Information: https://nmfireinfo.com/author/sfnfpao/

Interactive Map: https://arcg.is/1HK4WS

If You Fly, We Can’t: http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

 

Media & Public Information Contact

Email: 2020.medio@firenet.gov

Phone: 505-663-6334

Hours: 8 am – 8 pm

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