|hectares: 314,750 | containment: 50% | Total staff: 3,001 Start date: Hermit Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Because: Hermits Peak: Detect fires of prescribed burning; Calf Canyon: Residual fire from prescribed pile fire | Location: Near Gallinas Canyon | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, scrub and grass|
Highlights: A red flag warning remains in effect today for critical fire weather, including low relative humidity and wind gusts of up to 80 km/h. This could increase the fire performance throughout the fire area and create a visible plume of smoke. Firefighters continue to hold and patrol lines over the fire to prevent escape and defend structures in areas of active heat. Please use caution when driving through the fire area this weekend as there will be heavy fire traffic in addition to the holiday visitors. Residents in San Miguel, Mora, Taos, Colfax and Santa Fe counties should remain on high alert as evacuation status changes and roads become closed.
North Zone (PNW2): The aircraft was mostly grounded yesterday due to forecast high winds. Fire activity increased in the dry and windy conditions as firefighters patrolled the perimeter. Much of yesterday’s increased fire behavior and smoke was due to unburned islands of fuel within the perimeter of the fire. Structural protection crews worked to contain and secure the northern edge of the fire near Angostura on the west side of NM Highway 518. Crews worked along NM Highway 121 from Chacon down to Holman to hold and secure the perimeter. Pacific Northwest Team 2 assumed command of the north zone of fire at 7:00 a.m. this morning. Operations will remain the same, although fire department managers have shifted additional resources to the Chacon Canyon area in anticipation of the forecast wind event, which continues through Monday. Night operations continue along the fire perimeter to monitor activities during the night.
South Zone (CAIIMT5): Yesterday, the Chief of Operations reported that firefighters have made good progress at the southwest perimeter securing the containment line from Apache Canyon to Ruidoso Ridge. Crews also made good progress in Calf Canyon to reduce threats to homes and property. Active fire has been observed in the Pecos Wilderness near Spring Mountain.
Today will be another critical fire weather day with low humidity and stronger winds. The priority remains in Calf Canyon, where firefighters are reinforcing containment lines and protecting structures. Firefighters will also patrol the southwest perimeter from Barillas Peak to East Bull Creek to extinguish any burning vegetation and look for hotspots that could threaten containment lines. Crews continue to work in the wilderness to build an indirect line to contain the fire.
evacuations: Go to tinyurl.com/HermitsPeak for the evacuation card and follow:
Sheriff of San Miguel facebook.com/smcso.nm
Mora County Sheriff facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice
Sheriff of Taos County facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064642843163
Colfax County Sheriff facebook.com/Colfax-County-Sheriffs-Office-New-Mexico-971817152850308
Santa Fe County Sheriff https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064737934118
The Evacuation Guide Ready, Set, Go is available in English and Spanish here: https://tinyurl.com/RSGNM
Weather: A red flag warning is in effect from 9:00 am Sunday morning to 11:00 pm Sunday evening, minimum relative humidity levels are between 5 and 10%. Daytime temperatures remain constant in the mid 70s to near the 80s. Winds are increasing, becoming 25 to 30 mph from the southwest with gusts up to 50 mph. Wind gusts up to 55 mph on ridges.
Closures and Restrictions: The Carson and Santa Fe National Forests are in Level 3 forestwide closures. Public access is prohibited and restrictions and closure orders can be found at Carson NF website and Santa Fe NF website. BLM New Mexico Fire Restrictions https://tinyurl.com/BLMNewMexico.
Resources after Fire Flood and Recovery: After Wildfire New Mexico Guide https://www.afterwildfirenm.org/ ; Hermits Peak & Calf Canyon Fire Burned Area Emergency Response https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8104/.
Fire Information: Office hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m | Telephone: 505-356-2636 | Email: [email protected]