Potential for increased activity remains on the Rincon Fire

June 16, 2021 Daily Update

Acres: 531 acresStart Date:  June 11, 2021
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 0%
Total personnel: 140
Location: Pecos Wilderness, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, approx. 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM
Fuels: Spruce/fir at 11,000 feet elevation

Highlights: The Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 continues to assess the fire situation and develop a strategy to mitigate the effects of the Rincon Fire on valuable resources and local communities. A community meeting will take place on Thursday, June 17, at 8:00 PM at the Mora High School Lecture Hall, 10 Ranger Rd. The public is encouraged to join in-person or virtually during the livestream at https://facebook.com/santafeNF/.

Operations: On Tuesday, the incident management team continued to assess weather, terrain, and fire behavior to determine the best path forward on the Rincon Fire. Although scattered showers were present throughout the day, winds and standing dead trees present the potential for extreme fire activity. For these reasons, the team is planning multiple contingencies to make the best decision possible in any situation. The team is currently assessing how best to build defenses along the perimeter to the east of the fire where private land borders the Santa Fe National Forest.

Weather: A storm system to the north and east will produce low-level winds from the south to southeast, increasing moisture over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Weather for the next week will remain mostly consistent, bringing more moisture and winds. Cloud cover will continue through the weekend when it is expected to clear up, followed by increasingly dry conditions.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public is the first priority. Members of the public are urged to stay away from the vicinity of the Rincon Fire. Backpackers planning to enter the Pecos Wilderness are advised to change their plans.

Restrictions/Closures: The Santa Fe National Forest has issued a closure order to protect public health and safety during fire operations on the Rincon Fire. The order will be in effect from June 16 through December 31, 2021, unless rescinded earlier. The closure order prohibits members of the public from entering the restricted area, including all Forest Service lands, roads and trails on the eastern side of the Pecos Wilderness within an area roughly defined by Jacks Creek Trail #257 and Beatty’s Trail #25 on the west to Skyline Trail #251 on the north to the Pecos Wilderness boundary on the east to Lone Pine Mesa Trail # 214, El Porvenir Trail #247 and Skyline Trail #251 on the south, then heading north to Iron Gate Trailhead and Jacks Creek Trailhead. In addition, a Temporary Flight Restriction remains 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 Environmental Public Health Tracking website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Community Meeting Details: A Facebook account is not required to view the video. If a pop-up box appears when you first navigate to the link, you can use the scroll bar on the right to scroll down to the view and/or click “not now” to minimize the login pop-up. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting, or you can email us your questions in advance at 2021.rincon@firenet.gov. A recording will be posted following the meeting.

Fire updates will be posted on Inciweb, SFNF Facebook and Twitter, SFNF website, and New Mexico Fire Information website

Email: 2021.rincon@firenet.gov  Phone: (505) 445-8278 Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

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