| Midnight Fire Update June 12, 2022NM Fire Information

Daily update tomorrow

Hectares: 3,478 | Containment: 0% | Total Staff: 202 |
Start date: June 9, 2022| Cause: Under Investigation | Location: 4.5 miles NNE of El Rito in Rio Arriba County | Fuels: Heavy mix of conifers, ponderosa pine, scrub and grass

Reflexes: The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 1 assumed command of the Midnight Fire at 7:00 am today.

Operations: After an infrared flight and better overnight mapping, the acreage is now reported to be 3,478 uncontained acres (fire perimeter map). Yesterday, firefighters worked to secure the anchor in the southwest corner of the fire while looking for the best opportunities to engage. Fire managers watched for fire growth both to the south and to the east. Ground resources were bolstered with round-the-clock aviation assets, including 13 helicopters, four super scooper amphibious tankers, eight air tankers, and two very large air tankers (VLATs) that use both water and retardant. Structure protection efforts were conducted in Potrero Canyon.

Today, resources from the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires will continue to support firefighting efforts as additional resources are requested and logistical support can be established closer to the incident. Fire managers will look for opportunities to fight the fire using ground and aviation resources, looking for the best opportunities to begin establishing containment lines while providing safety to the public and firefighters.

Evacuations: An evacuation map is available online.The community of Potrero, just south of where the fire started, has been placed in a GO evacuation status by the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office. Valley of the Horses are also in GO status. No other areas are under evacuation status at this time. The community of El Rito along with the town of Placitas, Petaca and State Route 519 are in a READY state. The Vallectio community is in SET status. In the event of an evacuation, the Abiquiu Rural Events Center has been identified as an evacuation center. Evacuees will use State Road 554 as an evacuation route. To receive emergency alerts in Rio Arriba County, sign up here: https://local.nixle.com/signup/widget/i/6807.

Climate: Continued hot and dry weather will persist today and through the weekend, bringing red flag weather conditions on Monday. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 80’s with 15-40% relative humidity and a small chance of isolated thunderstorms. Winds will be from the west-northwest today with sustained winds around 13 mph gusting to 25 mph.

Air quality: Complimentary mobile HEPA air filter units are available for smoke-sensitive nearby residents. They can be picked up at the El Rito ranger station. Call 575.581.4554 to reserve a mobile HEPA air filter. Units courtesy of Forest Stewards Guild and Carson National Forest.

Closures and Restrictions: The Carson National Forest has been under Stage 3 fire restrictions, which closes the Forest, since May 17.

Fire Information: Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Phone: 505-445-3203 | Email: 2022.midnight@firenet.gov Online: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/news/8147/ | https://www.facebook.com/CarsonNF

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