| Midnight Fire Update June 18, 2022NM Fire Info

Acres: 4,896 | Containment: 79% | Total workforce : 231 |
Start date: June 9, 2022| Cause: Lightning | Location: 4.5 miles NNE of El Rito in Rio Arriba County | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush and grass

Strong points: Unless significant activity occurs, this will be the last update written for the Midnight Fire; keep watching the Carson National Forest Facebook page where updates on the fire will be shared, if needed. No further public meetings are scheduled regarding the midnight fire.

Operations: Yesterday, firefighters began removal repair efforts. Suppression repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair damage and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities. This work repairs hand and bulldozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression efforts and usually begins before the fire starts. be mastered. Crews and engines continued to patrol and clear sections of uncontained line on the northern perimeter of the fire.

Today, firefighters will continue to clean up along the northern edge of the fire line, extinguish or remove burning materials near control lines down to mineral soil, cut down trees damaged by the fire and cool ash pans to make a fire line less likely to escape and reduce residual smoke. As this work is completed, these portions of the fire line are considered confined. Additional suppression repair efforts will also begin on the newly confined line.

The Southwest Area 1 Incident Management Team will transfer command of the Midnight Fire to Carson National Forest and a local Type 4 Incident Management organization on Monday, June 20.

Evacuations: To view real-time evacuation information around the Midnight Fire, visit: www.tinyurl.com/midnightfiremap. For emergency alerts in Rio Arriba County, register here: https://local.nixle.com/signup/widget/i/6807. The Ready, Set, Go evacuation guide is available in English and Spanish here: https://tinyurl.com/RSGNM. For disaster assistance resources, visit: https://www.nmdhsem.org/2022-wildfires/.

Time: A moderation in fire-related weather is expected along with increased threats of flash flooding in the burn scar area. Winds will remain from the south with gusts up to 25 mph.

After Fire, Flood, and Recovery Resources: Interactive map of floods and debris flows: www.tinyurl.com/hermitspeak | Following the Wildfire guide to New Mexico: https://www.afterwildfirenm.org/

Smoke: An interactive smoke map to https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.

Closures and restrictions: The Carson National Forest has been under Level 3 Fire Restrictionswhich closes the Forest, since May 17.

Information about the fire: Office hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Phone: 505-445-3203 | Email: [email protected] Online: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/news/8147/ | https://www.facebook.com/CarsonNF

Midnight Fire Information

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