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Calf Canyon

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Santa Fe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM 87508

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Calf Canyon Fire Information
Email: 2022.calfcanyon@firenet.gov
Phone: 505-356-2636
Hours: 8am to 8pm

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Summary:  The Hermits Peak Fire began April 6 as a result of the Las Dispensas prescribed fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.   Although forecasted weather conditions were within parameters for the prescribed fire, unexpected erratic winds in the late afternoon caused multiple spot fires that spread outside the project boundary.  It was declared a wildfire at approximately 4:30 p.m. on April 6, 2022. Named the Hermits Peak Fire, the wildfire began approximately 12 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM at the base of Hermits Peak in the Pecos Wilderness. The Hermits Peak Fire is in mixed conifer in steep, rugged terrain that poses challenges for firefighter access. 

The Calf Canyon Fire was caused by a pile burn holdover from January that remained dormant under the surface through three winter snow events before reemerging in April. A holdover fire, also called a sleeper fire, is a fire that remains dormant for a considerable time.

The Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires are managed as one fire. An increase in crews, engines, and heavy equipment have arrived to support and strengthen fire suppression repair efforts, mitigate impacts from flooding and reenforce existing containment lines. Working hand in hand with private landowners, fire crews are fixing fences, repairing roads, seeding, chipping, and removing vegetation with great perseverance and fortitude. As additional requests are received, crews continue to respond wherever needs are identified.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHoldover Fire From Prescribed Pile Burn.
Date of OriginTuesday April 19th, 2022 approx. 03:00 PM
Location12 Miles NW of Las Vegas NM
Incident CommanderMark Bernal, Type 3
Incident DescriptionThe Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires are being managed as one fire.
Coordinates35.759 latitude, -105.503 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel117
Size341,735 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Spruce/Fir and Ponderosa pine forest types with a significant amount of dead standing and dead and downed fuels in the under story are currently the primary fuel type. Aspen groves and scrub oak exist at mid-elevations, with pinyon-juniper and grass-shrub types at the lowest elevations. Widespread green- up has occurred in live woody fuels and herbaceous fuel at all elevations.

Significant Events

Minimal.

No fire behavior observed.

Outlook

Planned Actions

The incident has been consolidated into two divisions, the North and South Repair Groups. Incident efforts will be focused on identifying suppression repair needs and implementing repair work throughout the fire area.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Drier and warmer weather returns today and continues through the weekend.

24 hours:

48 hours: Southwest wind will increase this weekend, especially along ridge tops.

72 hours:

Anticipated after 72 hours:Monsoon moisture is forecast to return by the middle of next week as a storm system develops along the West Coast.

Remarks

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

After showers and thunderstorms brought heavy rain and localized flooding earlier this week, drier and warmer weather returns today and continues through the weekend. Southwest wind will increase this weekend, especially along ridge tops. Monsoon moisture is forecast to return by the middle of next week as a storm system develops along the West Coast. This could bring our next best chance for showers and thunderstorms. High temperatures will trend warmer through the weekend, cooling back down toward seasonal averages next week.