Fires at Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon May 15, 2022, Daily Update


Acres: 288,942 acres | Containment: 36% | Total workforce : 1,930

Start date: Hermit Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: spotting prescribed burning fires; Calf Canyon: under investigation | Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush and grass

Strong points: The Facebook page for official fire information has become www.facebook.com/CalfCanyonHermitsPeak. Please follow and reference this new page for video briefings, updates, photos and live community briefings at 6:00 p.m. Today, South West Incident Management Team 3 (SWIMT3) took command of the lower half of the fire. SWIMT 1 has taken over management of the northern half, and California IMT 2 will work north on a larger strategic plan to control this fire. The fire will remain active, with extremely dry fuels and near-record temperatures. Both fire zones will continue to receive heavy air support as conditions permit. Residents of San Miguel, Mora, Taos and Colfax counties should remain on high alert for changing evacuation statuses and road closures.

Operations:

South: On the eastern perimeter, teams are monitoring and patrolling to resolve any problems. Interior fuel pockets continue to burn but have not threatened any containment lines. Firefighters are addressing any remaining issues in the Mineral Hills and San Geronimo areas. The fire continues to burn below Barillas Peak to the southwest, and a bulldozer line to the edge of Pecos Wilderness is complete. Crews will try to fight the fire directly as it moves into an area they have identified as having a high probability of success. Aircraft will continue to be essential to these efforts. Structure protection groups remain at Bull Canyon, removing fuels, installing sprinkler systems and taking other protective measures. The fire continues to slowly recede into Bull Creek and Elk Creek into an old fire scar. Around Rociada and Gascogne, the fire is moving away from homes, and the structures protection groups remain in place. The fire continues to spread through the wilderness in areas on the west side.

Central (SWIMT1): The fire was active yesterday from the Angostura Trail to Serpentine Lake. Structure protection work continues in the community of Angostura. The fire continues to move around Chacon, Holman, Cleveland and Mora, but crews are working to move it away from structures and set up additional fire lines. Near Guadalupita and Sierra Bonita, firefighters, bulldozers and helicopters are trying to keep the fire at higher altitudes to minimize impacts on these communities. Structural protection groups have a strong presence in the corridors of Highways 518, 121, 434 and 442, around Black Lake and up to Angel Fire. Fire managers are coordinating with local and mutual aid firefighters around Black Lake in these efforts.

North (CIMT2): In the northern area, planning is underway to examine other locations where a containment line could be constructed. This does not mean that the fire will reach this area, but we take the opportunity to be proactive and prepared in advance for any threat.

Evacuations: Scan the QR code below or go to tinyurl.com/HermitsPeak for the evacuation map and follow:

San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office Facebook: facebook.com/smcso.nm

Mora County Sheriff’s Office Facebook: facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice

Taos County Sheriff’s Office Facebook: facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064642843163

Weather: West to southwest winds 15 to 20 mph, gusting to 25 over northern and central areas. Temperatures today vary between the upper 60s and mid 80s depending on elevation. Minimum relative humidity 7 to 11%.

Restrictions: Closure order and map of the Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest: fs.usda.gov/alerts/carson/alerts-notices. Santa Fe Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District National Forest closure order and map: fs.usda.gov/detail/santafe/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprd3802009. Both have forest-wide Tier 2 fire restrictions in place.

Smoke: An interactive smoke map at fire.airnow.gov/ lets you zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.

Information about the fire: Fire Information Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Phone: 505-356-2636 | Email: 2022.hermitspeak@firenet.gov

Online: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8069/ | facebook.com/CalfCanyonHermitsPeak | nmfireinfo.com/

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