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.
PUBLIC INFORMATION AND DISASTER RESOURCES
Debris Removal from Floods or Burned Property
Questions on hazardous waste /debris
Michael Bowers-NM contact
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
505-425-6190 Office #
505-429-6805 Cell #
Emergency Stabilization of Federal Lands
Requests to Repair Damage to Property Associated with Fire Suppression Effort
General Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire Information
Public Assistance (food, shelter, low interest loans, etc.)
Help with Insurance Claims
Issues with Electric or Utilities
1-505-429-4463 or 1-575-383-4270
Recreation, Forest Roads and Closures
Recreation, Forest Roads and Closures
Carson National Forest
Restoration of commercial grazing land/fencing
USDA Farm Service Agency
(505) 425-3594 ext 2
|Current as of|
|Cause||Holdover Fire From Prescribed Pile Burn.|
|Date of Origin||Thursday May 19th, 2022 approx. 03:00 PM|
|Location||12 Miles NW of Las Vegas NM|
|Incident Commander||Lance Elmore, IC SWA IMT3 David Gesser, Deputy IC|
|Incident Description||The Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires are being managed as one fire.|
|Coordinates||35.759 latitude, -105.503 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||98%|
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.
Minimal. Isolated showers and thunderstorms developed near the fire area, producing locally intense showers. No heat, smoke, or other sign of fire behavior detected.
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.
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.