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Vics Peak

Unit Information

Cibola National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2113 Osuna Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

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Incident Contacts

Cindy Wolfe
Phone: 575-418-7875

Vics Peak Fire Information
Email: 2020.vicspeak@firenet.gov
Phone: 505-933-5682

The Vics Peak Fire started on the Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest on 6/15/2020 from a lightning strike. The fire is burning near Vics Peak toward the southern end of the San Mateo Mountains in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine at the higher elevations and pinyon/juniper and mountain mahogany at the mid-elevations. The fire is burning in the Apache Kid Wilderness. A type 3 incident management team assumed command on 6/19/2020.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginMonday June 15th, 2020 approx. 12:33 PM
LocationVics Peak, Springtime Campground
Incident CommanderThomas Lopez ICT4/ Boyd Getz ICT4(t)
Coordinates33.57 latitude, -107.442 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel54
Size13,076 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained45%
Estimated Containment DateFriday July 31st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory), Timber (grass and understory)

Significant Events

Active, short crown runs, wind-driven runs, backing. Primary backing and flanking. Occasional isolated and group torching.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Hold and conduct firing operations along FS roads and trails as needed to contain fire, minimize impact to critical habitat and private inholdings within the planning area. Scout areas and continue to identify Management Action Points.

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hrs: Significant shift in fire weather will have an impact on fire behavior. Shorter burn periods are expected (2-4 hrs/day). Isolated torching and short crown runs are still a possibility with thunderstorm activity. Fire behavior can get very active with any outflow winds. During thunderstorm development, winds can be variable and outflow winds can come from any direction. There is still a lot of open fire edge in the Wilderness with plenty of fuel. Fuel and fire spread behavior are expected to be highest in timber. Shrub species have higher foliar moisture content and are not contributing to significant fire spread. There is substantial rock across the landscape that are aiding as natural barriers to spread and reducing the potential for large crown runs.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Chances for showers and thunderstorms will continue to trend downward Tuesday and Wednesday as the activity tends to be drier and more isolated. Locations along and near the central mountain chain will be most likely to see hit and miss wetting rain. Drier conditions with stronger westerly winds will invade northwest New Mexico Tuesday, with potential for localized critical conditions. From Wednesday and through early next week, winds will slack off, but a massive ridge of high pressure aloft will block most, if not all of, any monsoon attempting to reach the state. Extremely dry conditions will be combined with high Haines and near record heat.