Santa Fe National Forest to assume command of the Medio Fire

Medio Fire – September 3, 2020 Final Daily Update

Acres: 3,741 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020 Cause: Lightning

Containment: 74% Total personnel: 203

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

Fuels: Dry mixed conifer, ponderosa pine

Highlights: The Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 will transfer command of the Medio Fire back to the Santa Fe National Forest, led by Type 4 Incident Commander John Armstrong, at 6 am on Friday, September 4, 2020. This is the final update from the Incident Management Team (IMT). The Team extends its sincere thanks to the local communities and cooperators for their support and hospitality throughout this incident.

Operations: Yesterday, firefighters monitored smoke columns as small patches of unburnt fuels dried out and burned within the fire perimeter. Fire managers remain confident in the containment lines and anticipate that some interior patches of vegetation will continue to smolder. Today, fire crews will remove firefighting supplies, including several miles of hose, and use helicopters to retrieve equipment from remote areas. Crews will remove trash, clear cut vegetation from ditches, and complete blading of Forest Road 102 to leave the forest in good condition. The IMT will complete a thorough transition with the Santa Fe National Forest to ensure continued success after the team departs on Friday morning.

Community Meeting: A recording of yesterday’s virtual meeting is now available at https://facebook.com/santafeNF/. No account is required to view the video. The IMT will hold its final virtual community meeting 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. Please continue to follow the Santa Fe National Forest’s Facebook page for informational updates and future opportunities for community engagement.

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 due to dry weather conditions. The Santa Fe County burn ban remains in effect. The Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire area will remain in place.

Smoke: 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/.  

Contact Information: The Medio Fire Information phone number and email address will no longer be active after 8 pm tonight. For future updates, please contact the Santa Fe National Forest Public Affairs Office at 505-414-6438 or julieanne.overton@usda.gov.

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/

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