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Medio Fire Update Sept. 10, 2020: Substantial Precipitation Minimizes Fire Behavior

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:  The Medio Fire received substantial precipitation overnight minimizing fire behavior and growth. No flooding has been reported. […]

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Medio Fire Update Sept. 9, 2020: Cold Front Helps Increase Containment 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:  Containment lines continue to hold as strong winds from the northwest pushed the Medio Fire into the […]

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Medio Fire Update Sept. 8, 2020: Medio Fire Continues to Push into 2011 Pacheco Fire Scar

Start date: Aug. 17, 2020             Cause: Lightning              Size: 3,948 acres              Containment: 90% Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Current status:  The Medio Fire continues to burn dead and down timber in the northeast corner, pushing into the fire scar from the 2011 Pacheco Fire. Fire activity added 50 acres […]

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Medio Fire Update Sept. 7, 2020: Pockets of Unburned Fuels Heat Up Due to High Temps, Single-Digit Humidity

Closure Order Prohibits the Public from Entering the Area Start date: Aug. 17, 2020             Cause: Lightning              Size: 3,898 acres              Containment: 90% Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Current status:  The Medio Fire made a little push on the northeast corner into the fire scar from the 2011 Pacheco Fire, […]

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Medio Fire Update Sept. 6, 2020: More Visible Smoke Today as Interior Pockets Ignite in Record High Temps

Start date: Aug. 17, 2020             Cause: Lightning              Size: 3,773 acres              Containment: 90% Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Current status:  The southwestern side of the Medio Fire is putting up a fair amount of smoke today as hot, dry conditions contributed to more active fire behavior. Aerial observation confirms […]

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Medio Fire Update Sept. 4, 2020: 90% Contained with Visible Smoke as Interior Pockets Continue to Burn

Start date: Aug. 17, 2020             Cause: Lightning              Size: 3,773 acres              Containment: 90% Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Current status:  This morning the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 transferred command of the Medio Fire back to the Santa Fe National Forest, led by Type 4 Incident […]

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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 […]

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BAER Team Begins Post-Fire Assessment of Medio Fire

SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 2, 2020 – A Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team plans to begin assessing post-fire conditions on the Medio Fire as early as Thursday. With a primary focus on human life and safety, the BAER Team will analyze the fire’s impact, determine any values at immediate risk and […]

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Medio Fire activity winding down

Medio Fire – September 2, 2020 Daily Update                  Acres: 3,721 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020 Cause: Lightning Containment: 59% Total personnel: 209 Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Fuels: Dry mixed conifer, ponderosa pine Highlights: As a result of successful […]

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Successful burnout operations secure western fire edge

Medio Fire – September 1, 2020 Daily Update Acres: 3,681 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020 Cause: Lightning Containment: 59% Total personnel: 242 Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest Fuels: Dry mixed conifer, ponderosa pine Highlights: Crews worked into the night to successfully complete burnout operations on the western […]

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Smoke may increase as burnouts resume

Medio Fire – August 31, 2020 Daily Update                                              Acres: 3,453 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020 Cause: Lightning Containment: 55% Total personnel: 255 Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe […]

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Caja Fire Update Aug. 29, 2020: 100% Contained

This will be the final update on the Caja Fire unless conditions change. 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: 100% Current status:  Now that the Caja Fire is 100% […]

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Rains bring shift in firefighting strategy

Medio Fire – August 29, 2020 Daily Update                                                        Acres: 3,422 acres Start Date: August 17, 2020 Cause: Lightning Containment: 54% Total personnel: 283 Location: Rio en Medio Trail, […]

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Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 reminds the public “If You Fly, We Can’t”

August 28, 2020 – The Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 urges individuals and organizations that fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), often referred to as “drones,” to stay away from the Medio Fire area to ensure the safety of firefighters and the effectiveness of wildfire suppression operations. The Medio Fire is located approximately […]

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Caja Fire Update Aug. 27, 2020: 85% 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: 85% Fuels and fire behavior:  Fire behavior today is minimal with some creeping and smoldering. Strategy: As part of the full suppression strategy for […]

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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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