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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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East Well Fire 73% Contained – Socorro County – 08/31/20

The East Well Fire located on state land near Claunch, NM in Socorro County is estimated at 634 acres and 73% contained. No structures are threatened. Firefighters will continue to monitor and mop-up hot spots. Due to successful fire operations, additional resources will be demobilized over the next few days. Fire behavior is minimal with […]

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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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East Well Fire 50% Contained – Socorro County – 08/28/20

The East Well Fire located on state land near Claunch, NM in Socorro County is now 50% contained and remains estimated at 634 acres. No structures are threatened. Firefighters have been successful in holding all containment lines and continue to mop-up hot spots. Approximately 80 personnel are working to fully contain the fire. Smoke may continue to be […]

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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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East Well Fire – Socorro County – 08/27/20

The East Well Fire located on state land near Claunch, NM in Socorro County is now 40% contained and estimated at 634 acres with new GPS mapping. No structures are threatened. The fire is smoldering and creeping with occasional tree torching within the interior. Firefighters continue to mop-up hot spots and secure containment lines. Smoke […]

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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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East Well Fire – Socorro County – 08/26/20

The East Well Fire located on state land near Claunch, NM in Socorro County is now 25% contained and remains estimated at 701 acres. No structures are threatened. Firefighters are making good progress on securing 7 miles of fire line by hand and using heavy equipment where needed. Areas of unburned fuels within the interior […]

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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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East Well Fire – Socorro County – 08/25/20

The East Well Fire located on state land near Claunch, NM in Socorro County is currently holding at an estimated 701 acres. No structures are threatened. Light to moderate rain fell over the fire area yesterday (08/24) allowing firefighters to safely engage and secure additional containment lines. Today, crews will concentrate on the east flank […]

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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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Public Input Needed for Santa Fe County Community Wildfire Protection Plan

The Santa Fe County Fire Department is still seeking public input for the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) update.  Current wildfire activity underscores how important public input is to these planning efforts. Due to restrictions on public gatherings as a result of Covid-19, the County has chosen to use an interactive website, or story map, […]

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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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