June 18, 2021 Daily update
|Hectares: 532 hectares||Start date: June 11, 2021|
|Root cause: lightning
Total staff: 139
|Place: Pecos Wilderness, Pecos / Las Vegas Ranger District, approx. 41 km NW of Las Vegas, NM
Fuels: Spruce at 11,000 feet
Highlights: Southwest Incident Management Team 4 held a community meeting in the lecture hall of Mora High School last night. Local residents attended the high school in person while over 80 attendees watched the live video on Facebook. A full replay of the meeting is now available at https://facebook.com/santafeNF/. No account is required to view the video.
Operations: The Incident Management Team continues to monitor and assess fire activity on the Rincon Fire. The New Mexico State Forestry Department and private landowners have done significant work to reduce the risk of fire spreading to their land. By proactively handling hazardous fuels in this landscape, these landowners have created defensible space that firefighters can use to strategically plan long-term containment of the fire. The team has focused its efforts on maintaining these relationships and connecting with local landowners for valuable information to support their management strategies.
Weather: Some storms hit the area in the late afternoon on Friday and Saturday, with possibly minimal rain falling over the fire. Temperatures should be between the high altitude mid-70s and lower altitude in the upper 80 before storms hit the area. These storms can bring gusty and irregular discharge winds, with westerly to northwesterly winds kicking in on Sunday until the next week. Temperatures could be 10 degrees above normal and airy conditions are expected for Sunday and Monday.
Security: The health and safety of firefighters and the general public is a top priority. The public is urged to stay away from the vicinity of the Rincon fire. Backpackers looking to enter the Pecos Wilderness should change their plans.
Limitations: Due to the ongoing drought and the high risk of fire, the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF), with an order that went into effect on Thursday, June 17th, is introducing forest-wide level 1 fire restrictions to restrictions since May 24th. In addition, there is a temporary flight restriction over the area that includes unmanned aircraft or drones.
Closures: The Santa Fe National Forest issued a closure order from June 16 to December 31, 2021, to protect public health and safety, unless it is lifted earlier. The Closure Order prohibits the public from entering the restricted area, including all Forest Service land, roads and trails on the east side of the Pecos Wilderness within an area roughly defined by Jacks Creek Trail # 257 and Beatty’s Trail # 25 to the west Skyline Trail # 251 in the north to the Pecos Wilderness border in the east to Lone Pine Mesa Trail # 214, El Porvenir Trail # 247 and Skyline Trail # 251 in the south, then north to the Iron Gate Trailhead and Jacks Creek Trailhead.
Smoke: Smoke from the Rincon Fire is visible within 100 miles of the fire. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom in on your location to see the latest smoke information. People sensitive to smoke and people with respiratory problems or heart conditions are encouraged to take precautions. Information about air quality and protecting your health can be found online on the New Mexico Department of Health Environmental Public Health Tracking website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.
Rincon Fire information is posted on Inciweb, SFNF and Facebook. released Twitter, SFNF website, and the New Mexico Fire Information website. If local residents are interested in learning more about disaster preparedness, please visit https://www.wildlandfirersg.org/ to learn more about the Ready Set Go program.
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