Medio Fire Update: Substantial Rain Minimizes Growth

Forest restoration treatments and prescribed fire have helped in suppression efforts on the Medio Fire. A video produced by The Nature Conservancy and Forest Stewards Guild features Operations Section Chief Buck Wickham for the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 and Fuels Program Manager Dennis Carril:

SFNF News:

The Medio Fire has received substantial precipitation minimizing fire behavior and growth.

No flooding has been reported. Firefighters continue to monitor containment lines on the fire’s perimeter as drier weather is expected over the next few days.

Start date: Aug. 17, 2020 

Cause: Lightning

Size: 4,010 acres 

Containment: 95%

Location: Rio en Medio Trail, Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest

Current status:

Resources: Two hand crews, three engine modules, one helicopter and one 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: Scattered showers, light winds and below-normal temperatures today with drier and warmer weather expected for Friday and the weekend.

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: An interactive smoke map at 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

Fire updates will be posted on the SFNF website, New Mexico Fire Information website and Inciweb as well as the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @SantafeNF.

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