Facing a Wildfire, Ski Santa Fe Readies Its Snow Guns


Facing another enormous wildfire season in the western U.S., ski resorts are getting creative with their fire safety. Ski Santa Fe has been operating on a 24-hour watch for the past two weeks buttressing themselves against the Medio Fire by prepping their snow guns. Amid preparing operations for COVID protocols and arming their snow guns to douse critical infrastructure, the leadup to ski season is… hectic.

The fire started on August 17 after a lightning strike in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest, close to the forest boundary with Nambe Pueblo and about 1.5 miles from the village of Rio en Medio. As the fire spread, it crept closer to Ski Santa Fe, the local ski area 15 miles northeast of Santa Fe proper.

According to Inciweb, the government’s incident information system, fire behavior has ranged from moderate to extreme, driven by…

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