MAGDALENA, N.M. (KRQE) – A lightning-caused fire started on the Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest on Monday, June 15. The fire burned on the Apache Kid Wilderness in the southern portion of the San Mateo Mountains.
- Start Date: June 15 | Final Update August 4, 2020
- Location: Southern portion of the San Mateo Mountains, Apache Kid Wilderness–Vics Peak, Springtime Campground
- Containment: 100%
- Cause: Lightning
- Size: 14,624 acres
- Vegetation: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, piñon/juniper, mahogany
- Personnel: 12
- Closures: A 10-mile temporary flight restriction remains in place over the fire for the safety of aviation and ground resources. Forest Road 225 will be closed along with recreation trails leading into the Apache Kid Wilderness.
- Structured burned: Springtime Campground was burned w/minimal damage
In an update on August 4, Forest Road 225, Springtime Campground, Luna Park Campground, and the following trails leading into Apache Kid Wilderness remain closed to the public: Apache Kid, Teepee Peak, Cowboy, Smith, Drift Fence, Milo, Nave, Coffee Pot, Post, Cold Spring, Maverick, San Mateo, Skeleton Ridge, Indian Creek, and Shipman.
The areas are closed for safety reasons in respect to the potential for flash flooding and debris flow.