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Vics Peak Fire

Unit Information

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

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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 local type 4 incident management team from the Magdalena Ranger District is assigned to the fire.  

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
Coordinates33.57 latitude, -107.442 longitude

Current Situation

Size14,624 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

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

Significant Events

Minimal short crown runs, wind-driven runs, backing. Primary backing and creeping. Occasional single tree torching.

Outlook

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hrs: Minimal fire behavior observed. Fire will continue, as conditions allow. Areas of interior burning, smoldering and creeping will continue, but overall, minimal smoke has been observed in the last seven days. Expect that fire will continue to exhibit minimal behavior with chance of showers and elevated humidity.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The monsoon is finally here. The weather will be active through next week with daily rounds of wetting showers and thunderstorm. Storms motion will be slow and erratic. Heavy rain could produce isolated flash flooding, especially over recent burn scars.