Hectares: 320,333 | Containment: 70% | Total Staff: 2,334 |Start date: Ermitaños Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Pico de los hermitaños: Point fires of prescribed burning; Calf Canyon: Fire Remaining from Stack Prescribed Burn | Location: Located near the Gallinas Canyon | Fuels: Heavy mix of conifers, ponderosa pine, scrub and grass
Reflexes: With a red flag warning from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., expect more active fire behavior today, including on islands of unburned fuel inland. In the North Zone, resources will continue to work on fireline construction along the north and west perimeters, while also continuing to work on shaded firebreaks. In the South Zone, fire activity near Hollinger Canyon will be visible from I-25 but is within containment lines. Resources allocated to the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires will continue to support the Midnight Fire in the Carson National Forest.
North Zone (SWIMT1): Yesterday, firefighters continued to build a fireline to protect values at risk to the west and north should fire behavior increase in that area. As part of this construction, loggers are working to remove trees and chippers are chipping smaller diameter material creating a line that has significantly less fuel available should active fire move into the area. Crews and heavy equipment continue operations in the shaded Pot Creek fuel break near NM Highway 518 in the west to the edge of private land near Black Lake on NM Highway 434 and north of the NM Highway 64. Today, suppression repair work will continue around Chacon, with firefighters working south on NM Highway 121 along the fire perimeter. Crews will also work along and within the perimeter of the Northeast fire, repairing fire protection lines and constructing water rods on steep slopes to minimize damage to resources when monsoon rains arrive.
South Zone (SWIMT2): Record high temperatures and low relative humidity resulted in active fire behavior yesterday and will continue today. The fire crossed the Mora River, but firefighters used aerial resources to stop the spread of the fire. It has not crossed any control lines. Favorable west to southwest winds will continue for the next few days, which should help the fire recede. However, there will be increased fire activity and firefighters will continue to be involved in and around the Pecos Wilderness. The forest fire module remains at Beatty’s Cabin to monitor the fire and take action if necessary. Control lines are in place with miles of hose in place and primed with water if needed. Structure protection crews remain in place at the upper end of the NM Highway 63 corridor. On the west side, repair work has begun on the Skyline Trail to close off miles of bulldozer lines. Chipping continues around Colonias Alta and Baja and Pico Barillas. In the Mineral Hills and San Geronimo area, crews focus on suppression repair work, including reseeding, fence repair, installation of erosion control elements, and bulldozer line closures.
Evacuations: To view real-time evacuation information around the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires, visit: https://tinyurl.com/HermitsPeak to view the evacuation map. The Ready, Set, Go evacuation guide is available in English and Spanish here: https://tinyurl.com/RSGNM. For disaster assistance resources, visit: https://www.nmdhsem.org/2022-wildfires/.
Climate: A red flag warning was issued for Sunday with very low relative humidity, gusty west winds and an unstable hot air mass bringing critical fire weather conditions to the fire area. Relative humidity lows will be in the single digits and low teens along with wind gusts up to 35 mph. An isolated dry storm cannot be ruled out due to high humidity and instability moving through the fire area, but the threat is low.
Closures and Restrictions: All National Forests in New Mexico have closures or restrictions in place due to extreme fire danger. For more information on these closures and restrictions, visit: https://tinyurl.com/bdy5y99r. Information related to fire restrictions on public and private land can be found at: https://nmfireinfo.com/fire-restrictions/.
After Fire, Flood and Recovery Resources: After Wildfire New Mexico Guide https://www.afterwildfirenm.org/ | Hermits Peak & Calf Canyon Fire Burned Area Emergency Response Information https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8104/.
Smoke: An interactive smoke map at fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom in on your area to see the latest smoke conditions.
Online: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8069/ | https://www.facebook.com/CalfCanyonHermitsPeak| nmfireinfo.com |tinyurl.com/HermitsYouTube | Santa Fe NF |