Medio Fire Update Sept. 11, 2020: Minimal Movement on Northeast Corner of Medio Fire

Start date: Aug. 17, 2020             Cause: Lightning             

Size: 4,010 acres              Containment: 95%

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

Current status:  Moisture and cooler temperatures over the last few days minimized fire growth on the northeast corner of the Medio Fire, pushing into the fire scar from the 2011 Pacheco Fire. Firefighters continue to monitor containment lines as drier weather is expected. Interior pockets of unburned fuel may cause visible smoke. If there are no significant changes to fire behavior, the next update will be Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.

Resources:  Two hand crews, three engine modules, one helicopter and one fixed-wing aircraft.

Closures: The closure order remains in effect prohibiting members of the public from entering the area around the Medio Fire, including all Forest Service lands, roads and trails, 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. The Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire remains in place. The Santa Fe National Forest lifted campfire and smoking restrictions due to widespread moisture across the forest and decreasing fire danger.

Weather: Mostly sunny with temperatures increasing throughout the day. Over one inch of precipitation was recorded in the last 24 hours minimizing fire behavior. A warming and drying trend is expected to continue through the weekend.

Values at risk: Nearby communities, Nambe Reservoir infrastructure, tribal and private inholdings, cultural resources, watersheds and riparian areas, power and phone lines, and grazing allotments.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Firefighters are conducting operations under protocols to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.

Smoke: As temperatures rise, smoke may be visible as unburned pockets of fuel ignite in the interior. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into the Santa Fe area to see the latest smoke information. 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 online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Fire updates will be posted on the SFNF website, New Mexico Fire Information website and Inciweb as well as the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @SantafeNF.

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