Hectares: 320,495 | Containment: 70% | Total Staff: 2,293 |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: A live virtual community meeting will be held on the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires Facebook page at 6:00 pm today. With a red flag warning from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., expect to see increased smoke as the fire remains active today, including on islands of unburned fuel inland. Suppression repair work in the North and South Zones is progressing, and crews are working to build water rods on steep slopes to minimize damage to resources when the monsoons arrive.
North Zone (SWIMT1): Yesterday, suppression repair work continued with great progress around Chacón, with firefighters working south on NM Highway 121 along the perimeter of the fire. Crews also worked along and within the perimeter of the Northeast fire, repairing fire protection lines and roads while constructing water rods on steep slopes to minimize damage to assets when monsoon rains arrived. Today, wildfire modules continue to monitor along the west flank of the fire to the area’s breakout point. Work will continue with shaded fuel breaks to the north and northwest of the fire. The public can expect to see an increase in interior pockets of burned fuel during the day with increased winds and atmospheric instability predicted for the afternoon.
South Zone (SWIMT2): With near-record high temperatures, increasing winds and low humidity, fire activity has increased in the Pecos Wilderness. However, favorable west to southwest winds continue to push the fire in on itself in many areas. Strategic firing operations may occur along the line of control as fire progresses toward Hamilton Mesa. Firefighters camped out overnight near this area for an early start today to begin these operations if conditions permit. Structure protection groups remain around Cowles and Geronimo. Plans are being made for repair work along the Skyline Trail, with chipping and scattered logging continuing on the southwest perimeter. Suppression repair work continues in the Mineral Hills and San Geronimo area, including bulldozer line closures, reseeding, fence repairs, and installation of erosion control elements. Yesterday afternoon, initial attack resources, including firefighters and the Southwest Incident Management Team 2 team, San Miguel County and the State of New Mexico, responded to a new fire near the mile marker six on NM Highway 518. They were successful in containing this fire. to a few hectares.
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 Monday 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 |