May 8, 2022, daily update, 09:00 am
|acre: 176.273 acres – containment: 21% – Total people: 1.535 Start dates: Hermit Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 the reasons: Hermit’s Peak: blazing spot from the described cremation; Calf Canyon: Under investigation Locations: Located near Gallinas Canyon – fuel: Heavy mixed conifer, Ponderosa pine, brush, and grass|
Highlights: The red flag warning started yesterday, has continued through the night, and continues today and into tonight. A high winds warning was also issued until Monday, resulting in very active fires in some areas. In the lead up to this wind event, firefighters put in place many control measures to stop and check the fire and continue to do so. These control features are installed in some areas, but the winds are testing them in others. Scoop planes and Type 1 helicopters could fly longer than expected yesterday, which helped with ground efforts. Atmospheric resources would help today if they could, but they expect the winds to keep them on the ground for most of the day. Structure protection groups have done a tremendous amount of work in communities and around homes and other structures. This work helps mitigate the risks to property during a fire outbreak. Firefighters will continue to fight the fire and protect homes as long as it is safe. As a support, emergency lines were set up, and remain, away from the fire in anticipation of any possible movement. Please be very careful not to start new fires as this may put the firefighters at additional risk and take them away from fighting this fire. San Miguel and Mora County Sheriffs are asking residents to remain on high alert for changes in evictions and road closures.
operations: Firefighters worked hard to protect homes and other values near the communities of Goat Hills, Mineral Hills and Blue Hills yesterday, the area most active in the fire. This area is a high priority today. Overnight crews enacted more protection measures to maintain and will be looking at additional strategies today. The fire got more active in the wild yesterday, but the scoop planes went in early to drop the water and help check it out. Winds were favorable at higher elevations from the wilderness up to the Enchanted Lake, resulting in little movement even in heavy fuels. In populated areas on the West Side, firefighters will help direct fires around homes and other values. Near Cleveland, the winds were favorable from north to northwest, which provided time for crews to work along 518, 121, 434, and 442 for additional hull protections and additional tractor lines. The east side of the fire is monitored from Ledoux to Las Tosas and patrols, which means crews keep an eye on things, clear hot spots and tackle problems. Around Montezuma and up the Galinas Pass, there is still a structure protection presence, and things are looking good. Interior spots appeared all over the interior but they were not threatening lines. Although the interiors around Las Vegas are on fire, the lines are holding up. The Mutual Aid Group continues to provide assistance in this area.
Evacuations: Scan the QR code for the latest evacuation map or visit an ArcGIS map. Cinder Road and Camp Luna communities downgraded to SET STATUS. It is essential to respect closures and follow evacuation orders. Please follow the Facebook pages of the San Miguel County and Mora County Sheriff for the latest updates at https://www.facebook.com/smcso.nm and https://www.facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice.
weather: The wind will be stronger today than it was yesterday. At the southern end, winds will be southwesterly 30 to 35 mph with gusts of 50 to 55. In the Mora River Valley, winds will be southwesterly 15 to 20 mph with gusts of 30 to 35. And it will be degrees of Maximum heat in the upper 60’s to low 80’s. Minimum relative humidity values will be from 5 to 11%.
limitations: The Santa Fe National Forest closure order covers the entire Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger area. Forest level fire restrictions were implemented in the second stage. Complete closing orders and maps are available at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/santafe/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprd3802009.
smoking: An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom in on your area to see the latest smoke conditions.
Future fire info: The Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires information desk hours are 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. The fire information phone number is 505-356-2636. The email address is email@example.com. Fire information is posted on the Inciweb, SFNF, Facebook, and Twitterthe SFNF website, and the New Mexico Fire Information website.