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Calf Canyon

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Calf Canyon Fire Information
Phone: 505-356-2636
Hours: 8am to 8pm

Highlighted Activity

08/12/2022 Calf Canyon Fire Update - August 12, 2022
Firefighters and Equipment Operators Working Along Roadways      Acres: 341,73 Containment: 98% Total personnel: 459 Start Date: Hermits Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19,...
News - 08/12/2022
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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.


Debris Removal from Floods or Burned Property

Emergency Operations Center


Questions on hazardous waste /debris

Michael Bowers-NM contact


And NM Environmental Dept.


1-703-284-8212 EST 1-800-887-6063 EST

Asbestos Hotline –      1-800-368-5888 EST

New Mexico Environmental Dept. 505-827-2855

Emergency Loss of Access to Primary Residence

County Emergency Manager or County Sheriff’s Office

Mora County


San Miguel

505-425-6190 Office #

505-429-6805 Cell #

Emergency Stabilization of Federal Lands

Burned Area Emergency Response Team


Requests to Repair Damage to Property Associated with Fire Suppression Effort

Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Incident Management Team Suppression Repair Survey Form

English: 720-417-8048

Spanish: 505-398-3889

General Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire Information

Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Incident Management Team


Public Assistance (food, shelter, low interest loans, etc.)



Help with Insurance Claims

Office of Superintendent of Insurance


Issues with Electric or Utilities

Mora San Miguel Electric Coop

1-505-429-4463 or     1-575-383-4270

Recreation, Forest Roads and Closures

Santa Fe National Forest


Recreation, Forest Roads and Closures

Carson National Forest


Restoration of commercial grazing land/fencing

USDA Farm Service Agency

(505) 425-3594 ext 2

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHoldover Fire From Prescribed Pile Burn.
Date of OriginThursday May 19th, 2022 approx. 03:00 PM
Location12 Miles NW of Las Vegas NM
Incident CommanderLance Elmore, IC SWA IMT3 David Gesser, Deputy IC
Incident DescriptionThe Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires are being managed as one fire.
Coordinates35.759 latitude, -105.503 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel499
Size341,735 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Fuels Involved

Hardwood Litter

Timber (Litter and Understory)

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 greenup has occurred in live woody fuels and herbaceous fuel at all elevations.

Significant Events

Minimal. Isolated showers and thunderstorms developed near the fire area, producing locally intense showers. No heat, smoke, or other sign of fire behavior detected.


Planned Actions

Incident efforts are focused on assessing suppression repair needs and implementing repair work. Monsoonal weather pattern is expected to continue for the next few weeks. Flooding and debris flows may impact roads, culverts, drainages, and private property. Assessment and repair work will continue when weather is favorable to meet objectives.

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hours: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Localized areas of flooding and debris flows are possible if stronger storms move over high severity burn scars. No detectable fire behavior.

24 - 48 Hours: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Localized areas of flooding and debris flows are possible if stronger storms move over high severity burn scars. No detectable fire behavior.

72 Hours: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Localized areas of flooding and debris flows are possible if stronger storms move over high severity burn scars. No detectable fire behavior.


Additional Resources not included in the Resource summary are 7 Skid Steers, 4 Graders, 2 Chippers, 2 Backhoes, 1 Frontend Loader, 1 Feller-Buncher, 5 Dump Trucks, 1 Processor, 6 REMS Teams and 10 medical teams.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High pressure migrated over the Colorado and Kansas border today, continuing the disruption of monsoonal moisture to the southern Sangre de Cristos and adjacent highlands. Dry air from the high worked to limit storm development this afternoon, and what few storms initiated across the west slopes struggled to mature. A continuation of isolated storm coverage is expected into the weekend as the upper high migrates east into the Great Plains.