| Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires

May 7, 2022, daily update, 09:00 am

acre: 170665 acres – containment: 21% – Total people: 1,422 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: A red flag warning was issued for the day, starting a historic multi-day wind event that could result in severe fire behaviour. Circumstances can change quickly, so be vigilant to stay on top of evictions and emergency notifications. A major concern for firefighters is that a new fire outbreak during this period could redirect resources from their current assignments. Please be very careful to prevent the outbreak of new fires. In the past few days, firefighters have worked tirelessly to add and reinforce control lines, create more emergency lines, and prepare structures; However, the fire is still lingering on the landscape and could pose a threat in some areas. There have been reports of hull protection equipment being stolen from the fire line. This equipment is essential for the ongoing battles. While there is a strong law enforcement presence, please report anything suspicious.

operations: Conditions will make severe fire conditions, firefighters and public safety always our top priority. A large structural protection group is working on the Galinas Corridor to further secure the area and implement protective measures around homes and other values. In the Montezuma area, firefighters were able to fight the fire directly, which meant doing things like wetting, suffocating, or separating the combustion from the unburned fuel. Some mutual assistance engine crews were able to help with this. The area west of Las Vegas has some internal pockets of fuel that keep burning. Firefighters continue to cool the hot spots around the edge of the fire. Crews have been heavily involved in the mineral hills area where the fire is still active. Ground crews will continue to work to keep the fire out of values ​​but will likely lose air support as winds rise. Wildfire continues to slowly move towards the Crest Trail and is not a threat at this time. Near Rociada and Upper Rociada, the flames remained active. Firewalls were put in place to slow them down, and helicopters were dropping water as the weather permitted. Additional firefighters have been added to this area, including a manual crew and a bulldozer. Heavy emphasis was placed on the northern tip before the expected winds. Three Temple Protection Groups continued to operate in the communities there. They set up hoses and sprinkler systems, removed vegetation, and made firewalls around homes and buildings. More tractor line has also been established to protect homes. Around Ledoux, the fire showed little heat, with the exception of other inland areas. Crews remain near Sapelo, Las Tosas and the surrounding areas to monitor and mitigate any problems.

Evacuations: Scan the QR code here for the latest evacuation map or visit the ArcGIS map. San Miguel and Mora County Sheriffs are asking that all residents within the fire zone remain on high alert for changes in evacuations and road closures. 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: West to southwest winds of 10 to 15 mph in the morning will increase to 30 to 35 mph in the afternoon. The wind speed is about 50 miles per hour. Maximum temperatures will be in the seventies to mid eighties. Minimum relative humidity values ​​will be from 4 to 9%.

limitations: The Santa Fe National Forest has expanded its fire closure order to the entire Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger area and implemented forest-level restrictions in the second phase of the fires. 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 2022.hermitspeak@firenet.gov. Future fire information will continue to be posted on Inciweb, SFNF Facebook, and Twitterthe SFNF website, and the New Mexico Fire Information website.

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