July 22, 2022 – Update on Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fire
Acres: 341,735| Containment: 93% | Total workforce : 654| Start 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: 12 miles northwest of Las Vegas, New Mexico | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush and grass
Strong points: A recorded information update for the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fire was posted on the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/santafeNF/. This video contains important information updates and resources from the Incident Management team; Taos, San Miguel, and Mora county emergency management offices; the burn area emergency response team; and the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests. Southwest Incident Management Team 4 will transfer command of the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fire to the Southwest Incident Management Team -west 5 on Monday, July 25 at 7:00 a.m. This is the final update for Southwest Team 4. The team expresses its sincere thanks and gratitude to the local communities for their support and hospitality throughout this incident.
Operations: Heavy rains fell over the majority of the fire area, producing more than an inch of rain in less than an hour in some places, causing extensive flooding. Some firefighting resources were temporarily blocked by a debris landslide on Highway 121, requiring several hours to remove equipment for safe passage. To maintain the safety of incident personnel, firefighters had to temporarily step back from their suppressive repair work, but were able to make notable progress in the preceding days. Prior to the rains, crews were able to continue removing logs from the Gallinas Creek drainage. Bulldozer repair work was successfully completed around Elk Mountain to the west and Martinez Pond to the north. Once conditions improve, a manual crew and grader will travel to these areas to perform additional cleanup work. Despite the inclement weather, firefighters are taking advantage of favorable morning conditions to perform critical suppressive repairs on private lands and the National Forest System before afternoon thunderstorms move into the fire area.
Closures and restrictions: Area closures remain in effect for the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests. These closures are in place for ongoing wildfire repair operations and to protect public health and safety in the event of debris flows and flash flooding. Wildfire suppression repair operations include, but are not limited to, road repair and stabilization, heavy equipment operation, and fire line repair efforts. For the latest information on the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires closure orders for the Santa Fe and Carson National Forestss, please see the links to each forest’s website below. Information on fire restrictions on public and private lands can be found at: https://nmfireinfo.com/fire-restrictions/.
Time: A persistent weather pattern will continue today with morning sun and afternoon clouds, as well as scattered showers and thunderstorms. Storm coverage is expected to be slightly lower than the past two days. Lightning, heavy rain and localized flooding are possible. Temperatures will be near seasonal normals with highs ranging from the 60s in the high elevations to the upper 80s in the lower valleys. Showers and scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon are possible throughout the weekend.
Fire Flood and recovery resources: Disaster Assistance Resources: https://www.nmdhsem.org/2022-wildfires/| Following the Wildfire guide to New Mexico: https://www.afterwildfirenm.org/| Emergency response to areas burned by the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8104/
For any questions or concerns regarding flooding, please call New Mexico State Emergency Operations Center at 1-800-432-2080. For Federal Disaster Assistance, please call FEMA Hotline at 1-800-621-3362.
Private Land Abolition Reparation Inquiry (English and Spanish): https://www.tinyurl.com/suppressionrepair
Information about the fire: Office hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Phone: 505-356-2636| Email: [email protected]
Online fire information resources: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8069/ | https://www.facebook.com/santafeNF/| nmfireinfo.com |Santa Fe National Forest Twitter | tinyurl.com/HermitsYouTube | Santa Fe National Fforest | Carson National Fforest