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Incoming weather tests firefighting efforts

Medio Fire – August 28, 2020 Daily Update                                                   Acres: 3,166 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020 Cause: Lightning Containment: 37% Total personnel: 260 Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, […]

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Caja Fire Update Aug. 27, 2020: 70% Contained

Start date: Aug. 23, 2020                         Cause: Lightning                          Size: 158 acres. Location: Colorado Peak on the Caja del Rio Plateau, the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Containment: 70% Fuels and fire behavior:  Fire behavior today is low with very little visible smoke. Strategy: The strategy for the Caja Fire is […]

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Investigation reveals Medio Fire started by lightning

Medio Fire – August 27, 2020 Daily Update               Acres: 2,939 acres        Start Date: August 17, 2020 Cause: Lightning          Containment: 21%           Total personnel: 263 Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger  District, Santa Fe National Forest Fuels: Dry mixed […]

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Caja Fire Update Aug. 26, 2020

Perimeter Mapping Gives Firefighters New Data,Reduces Caja Fire Footprint to 158 Acres, 50% Contained Start date: Aug. 23, 2020                                       Cause: Presumed to be lightning            Size: 158 acres. Earlier estimates were based on aerial observation during heavy smoke and active fire behavior. Location: Colorado Peak on the Caja del Rio Plateau, the Española Ranger District […]

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Fire crews make progress along southwestern flank

Medio Fire – August 26, 2020 Daily Update                                                                Acres: 2,845 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020 Cause: Unknown Containment: 21% Total personnel: 254 Location: […]

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Caja Fire Update Aug. 25, 2020

Start date: Aug. 23, 2020          Cause: Presumed to be lightning            Size: Approximately 600 acres Location: Colorado Peak on the Caja del Rio Plateau, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Containment: 10% Fuels and fire behavior:  Fire behavior today is low to moderate with limited single-tree torching in the fire’s interior. Fire managers on […]

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Medio Fire containment increases to 18%

Medio Fire – August 25, 2020 Daily Update                                                    Acres: 2,702 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020 Cause: Unknown Containment: 18% Total personnel: 232 Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger […]

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Caja Fire Update Aug. 24, 2020, 5 p.m.

Afternoon Update:  Size is now estimated at 600 acres. Caja Fire received moisture this afternoon which helped firefighters with their efforts. Start date: Aug. 23, 2020          Cause: Presumed to be lightning              Size: Approximately 600 acres Location: On the Caja del Rio Plateau on the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Containment: […]

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Santa Fe National Forest Implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

SANTA FE, NM – Aug. 24, 2020 – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire during consistent drought conditions, historically low fuel moisture levels and severe fire weather conditions. The Stage 1 restrictions will go into effect forest-wide at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, […]

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New Fire Start on SFNF: Caja Fire

Start date: Aug. 23, 2020          Cause: Presumed to be lightning            Size: Approximately 15 acres Location: On the Caja del Rio Plateau on the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Containment: 0% Fuels and fire behavior: The Caja Fire is burning in pinon-juniper on top of Colorado Peak. Winds helped push the […]

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Burnout operations to increase smoke on Medio Fire

Medio Fire – August 24, 2020 Daily Update                                               Acres: 2,432 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020 Cause: Unknown Containment: 5% Total personnel: 187 Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe […]

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Medio Fire receives additional resources for structure protection

Medio Fire – August 23, 2020 Daily Update                                                                Acres: Approximately 2,300 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020 Cause: Unknown Containment: 5% Total personnel: 153 […]

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SFNF Issues Closure Order for Medio Fire

SANTA FE, NM – Aug. 22, 2020 – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today issued a closure order to protect public health and safety during fire operations on the Medio Fire. The Medio Fire started Aug. 17 on the ridge between the Rio Nambe and Rio en Medio drainages on the Española Ranger District. […]

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Wind and slope push Medio Fire further south

Medio Fire – August 22, 2020 Daily Update Acres: Approximately 1530 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020 Cause: Unknown Containment: 5% Total personnel: 135 Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Fuels: Dry mixed conifer, ponderosa pine Highlights: The Medio Fire crossed the drainage over the Rio en Medio Trail […]

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Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 Assumes Command of Medio Fire

Medio Fire – August 21, 2020 Daily Update Acres: Approximately 610 acres      Start Date: August 17, 2020    Cause: Unknown Containment: 0%       Total personnel: 138       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 […]

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Medio Fire Update Aug. 19, 2020, 7:45 p.m.

Size: 550 acres                                          Containment: 0% Start date: Aug. 17, 2020                       Cause: Unknown          Location: Off the Rio en Medio Trail on the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) between the Rio Nambe and the Rio en Medio, approximately 1.5 miles north of the Village of Rio en Medio, 2 miles east/southeast […]

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Medio Fire Update Aug. 19, 2020, 2 p.m.

Start date: Aug. 17, 2020         Cause: Unknown          Size: Approximately 285 acres Location: Off the Rio en Medio Trail on the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) between the Rio Nambe and the Rio en Medio, approximately 2 miles north of the Village of Rio en Medio, 2 miles east/southeast of Nambe […]

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Medio Fire Update – Aug. 18, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Start date: Aug. 17, 2020         Cause: Unknown          Size: 150+ acres Location: Off the Rio en Medio Trail on the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF), approximately 2 miles north of the Village of Rio en Medio, 2 miles east/southeast of Nambe Reservoir and 5 miles north/northwest of the Santa Fe Ski […]

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New Fire Start on SFNF: Medio Fire

Public should avoid Rio en Medio Trailhead, Nambe Reservoir Start date: Aug. 17, 2020         Cause: Unknown          Size: 5+ acres Location: Off the Rio en Medio Trail on the Española Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 2 miles east/southeast of Nambe Reservoir and 5 miles north/northwest of the Santa Fe Ski Basin. Containment: […]

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Northern New Mexico National Forests To Lift Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Wednesday

SANTA FE, NM – July 27, 2020 – With the onset of the summer monsoons and decreasing fire danger, the Carson, Cibola and Santa Fe National Forests are rescinding Stage 2 fire restrictions, including the ban on campfires, at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The forests implemented Stage 2 restrictions, which also included a […]

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