The Rincon Fire has consumes more than 200 acres. It began Friday in the Pecos Wilderness, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, approximately 2 miles east of Hamilton Mesa and 6 air miles northwest of the village of Upper Rociada.
The fire is zero percent contained and the cause unknown. It is burning in steep, rocky terrain at 11,000-feet elevation. Although fire behavior moderated somewhat today, fire managers are still expecting to see extreme fire behavior on the Rincon Fire due to the fuel load and the topography.
Fire managers continue to work on a suppression strategy that will allow firefighters to safely implement fire suppression tactics under challenging conditions.
A 10-person crew, Type 3 helicopter and a Type 2 helicopter are working the fire. A Type 2 Incident Management Team will take command Tuesday morning.
At risk is the Pecos Wilderness resource itself, the historic Beatty’s Cabin and two additional government-owned cabins used as administrative sites. The fire crew spent today implementing structure-protection measures around the cabins.
Fuels: Spruce/fir at 11,000 feet elevation. Insect infestation, primarily the spruce beetle, has killed a lot of trees in the area, which is likely to provide ample fuel and generate significant smoke.
Weather: A few storm cells east of the Rincon Fire may produce gusty outflow winds tonight and tomorrow with decreasing chances of precipitation into early next week. High temperatures tomorrow will be in the 80s at that elevation with terrain-dominated winds.
Values at risk:
Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Members of the public are urged to stay away from the vicinity of the Rincon Fire.
Restrictions: A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the area, which includes unmanned aircraft, or drones. Unauthorized use of drones in a wildfire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters. Never fly an unmanned aircraft over or near a wildfire. See www.nifc.gov/drones for additional information on the dangers drones pose to wildland firefighting aircraft and personnel on the ground.
Smoke: Smoke from the Rincon Fire is visible within a 100-mile radius of the 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.