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 to its footprint and continues to produce a fair amount of smoke.
Strong winds are affecting fire behavior with multiple pockets of unburned fuels heating up in the interior. Firefighters are monitoring containment lines on the fire’s perimeter, which continue to hold.
Resources: One hand crew, three engine modules, two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft.
Closures: The closure order remains in effect prohibiting members of the public from entering the area around the Medio Fire, including all Forest Service lands, roads and trails, roughly defined by the Rio Nambe Trail #160 on the north, the Borrego Trail #150 and Forest Road 412 on the east, Forest Road 102 on the south and back up the forest boundary line on the west to meet the Rio Nambe Trail #160. The Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire remains in place.
Weather: An unseasonably strong storm system pushes a cold front through New Mexico today, bringing lower temperatures, strong winds and widespread rainfall with the possibility of snow at higher elevations.
Values at risk: Nearby communities, Nambe Reservoir infrastructure, tribal and private inholdings, cultural resources, watersheds and riparian areas, power and phone lines, and grazing allotments.
Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Firefighters are conducting operations under protocols to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.
Smoke: Smoke is visible from fires across the western United States and the Medio 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.