Rincon Fire Update – June 12, 2021

Forest Insect and Disease Conditions in the Southwestern Region, 2020

Start date: June 11, 2021            Cause: Unknown             Size: Approximately 200+ acres            Containment: 0%

Location: Pecos Wilderness, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 2 miles east of Hamilton Mesa and 6 air miles northwest of the village of Upper Rociada.

Fuels: Spruce/fir at 11,000 feet elevation. Insect infestation, primarily the spruce beetle, has killed a lot of trees in the area, which is likely to provide ample fuel and generate significant smoke.

Resources:  10-person crew, a Type 3 helicopter and a Type 2 helicopter. A Type 2 Incident Management Team will take command of the Rincon Fire on Tuesday morning.

Strategy: The Rincon Fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain at 11,000-feet elevation. Although fire behavior moderated somewhat today, fire managers are still expecting to see extreme fire behavior on the Rincon Fire due to the fuel load and the topography. Fire managers continue to work on a suppression strategy that will allow firefighters to safely implement fire suppression tactics under challenging conditions.  

Weather: A few storm cells east of the Rincon Fire may produce gusty outflow winds tonight and tomorrow with decreasing chances of precipitation into early next week.High temperatures tomorrow will be in the 80s at that elevation with terrain-dominated winds.

Values at risk: The Pecos Wilderness resource itself, the historic Beatty’s Cabin and two additional government-owned cabins used as administrative sites. The 10-person crew spent Saturday implementing structure-protection measures around the cabins.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Members of the public are urged to stay away from the vicinity of the Rincon Fire.

Restrictions: A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the area, which includes unmanned aircraft, or drones. Unauthorized use of drones in a wildfire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters. Never fly an unmanned aircraft over or near a wildfire. See www.nifc.gov/drones for additional information on the dangers drones pose to wildland firefighting aircraft and personnel on the ground.

Smoke: Smoke from the Rincon Fire is visible within a 100-mile radius of the fire. 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, Inciweb and on the SFNF Facebook and Twitter.

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