August 28, 2020 – In the mountains above Santa Fe, the Medio Fire has been burning since August 17, threatening the Rio Nambe, Rio Capulin, and Rio en Medio watersheds. Firefighters have been making headway on the fire, which is burning outside the normal range of New Mexico’s fire season. At the same time, they’re grappling with the need to protect themselves and others from the spread of COVID-19. Correspondent Laura Paskus talks with Buck Wickham, operations section chief for the Southwest Area Incident Management Team, and Terrance Gallegos, deputy fire staff officer for the Santa Fe National Forest.
If you need up-to-date information on the Medio Fire near Santa Fe (or any other fires burning in the state), visit InciWeb and New Mexico Fire Info. You can also sign up for emergency alerts and notifications in Santa Fe, track information related to smoke and public health, see an interactive map of the Medio Fire, and view an interactive map of smoke and fire across the country. There is also even more localized information on Facebook and Nextdoor.
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Terrance Gallegos, deputy fire staff officer, Santa Fe National Forest
Buck Wickham, operations section chief, Southwest Area Incident Management Team