| Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires May 28, 2022 Daily Update NM Fire Info

Acres: 314 228 | Containment: 48% | Total workforce : 2,950Start date: Hermit Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: spotting prescribed burning fires; Calf Canyon: Residual fire from a prescribed pile burn | Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush and grass

Strong points: A red flag warning in effect today may contribute to increased fire behavior and visible smoke from fire burning within the perimeter. Firefighters hold and patrol lines across the fire to prevent escape and defend structures in active heat areas. Please exercise caution when traveling in the fire zone this weekend as there will be heavy fire traffic in addition to holiday visitors. Residents of San Miguel, Mora, Taos, Colfax and Santa Fe counties should remain on high alert for changing evacuation statuses and road closures.

Operations:

North area (SWAIMT1): Progress continued yesterday along NM Highway 518 southeast of Angostura to secure and deepen the containment line. Crews also worked to secure the area around the Martinez pond. There was an increase in fire activity within the N Division fire perimeter yesterday north of Horseshoe Lake which produced visible smoke. Hotshot crews will continue to work on the ‘Thumb Print’ spot fire in the northeast corner to cool hot spots near the line. Crews will be working along the handline between the localized fire and Angostura to manage hot spots and prevent the spread north toward Highway 518. Heavy equipment continues work on bulldozer lines north fire. Fire crews remain actively engaged in holding and patrolling the containment line around the eastern side of the blaze, using aircraft to cool hot spots near the perimeter when winds permit. Remember that drone incursions into the temporary flight restriction zone will cause all aircraft to stop immediately. If you are flying we cannot.

South Zone (CAIIMT5): Firefighters continued to improve containment lines between Barillas Peak and East Bull Creek on the southwest perimeter yesterday. Crews assisted by water-dropping helicopters intervened to extinguish any burning or smoking vegetation (trees, burning stumps, etc.) near the containment lines. Firefighters are making good progress as evidenced by the reduction in smoke in the area. To the north, in an area that had previously burned, the fire became very active near Big Pine in the Upper Gallinas area. Structure protection resources responded to ensure the protection of homes and property and Calf Canyon’s evacuation status was changed to GO. Today will be a critical fire day with low humidity and increased winds. The priority is structural protection and securing the area around the Calf Canyon Subdivision near Big Pine. Firefighters will also continue to extinguish any burning vegetation near the containment lines on the southwest perimeter. Fire managers are optimistic that a few more days of work on the southwest perimeter will reduce the threat to homes and properties in the Pecos Valley corridor.

Evacuations: Go to tinyurl.com/HermitsPeak for the evacuation map and follow:
San Miguel County Sheriff facebook.com/smcso.nm
Mora County Sheriff facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice
Taos County Sheriff facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064642843163
Colfax County Sheriff facebook.com/Colfax-County-Sheriffs-Office-New-Mexico-971817152850308
Santa Fe County Sheriff https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064737934118

The Ready, Set, Go evacuation guide is available in English and Spanish here: https://tinyurl.com/RSGNM

Time: A red flag warning is in effect from 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning until 9:00 p.m. Saturday evening, minimum relative humidity values ​​will be between 5 and 10%. Daytime temperatures will remain steady in the mid 70s-near 80s. Winds will increase, becoming southwesterly at 20 to 25 mph gusting to 40 mph. Wind gusts up to 45 mph on the ridges.

Closures and restrictions: Forest-wide Stage 3 closures are in effect for the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests, public access is prohibited, and restrictions and closure orders can be viewed on the Carson NF website and the Santa Fe NF website. BLM Fire Restrictions in New Mexico https://tinyurl.com/BLMNewMexico.

After Fire, Flood, and Recovery Resources: After Wildfire Guide to New Mexico 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/ lets you zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.

Information about the fire: Office hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Phone: 505-356-2636 | Email: [email protected]

Online: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8069/ | https://www.facebook.com/CalfCanyonHermitsPeak| nmfireinfo.com |tinyurl.com/HermitsYouTube | Santa Fe NF |

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