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 burning through 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 fire was rezoned to two zones on May 27, a North Zone is currently being managed by Southwest Incident Management Team3 and the South Zone is managed by Great Basin Incident Management Team 7. As increasing portions of the east side of the east side of the fire have become contained, fire managers have been able to reduce the number of Incident Management Teams needed to manage this fire.
|Current as of|
|Cause||Holdover Fire From Prescribed Pile Burn.|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday April 19th, 2022 approx. 03:00 PM|
|Location||12 Miles NW of Las Vegas NM|
|Incident Commander||South: GBIMT7, IC Johnston North: SWIMT3, IC Elmore|
|Incident Description||The fire is zoned. SWIMT3 has command of the North Zone and GBIMT7 has command of the South Zone.|
|Coordinates||35.759 latitude, -105.503 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||93%|
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 green- up is underway in live woody fuels and herbaceous fuel at all elevations.
Isolated showers developed around the fire area today. As of 1500 hrs, no precipitation detected over the fire area. Two visible smokes have been detected on the western flank in the Pecos Wilderness. No fire spread.
Resources continue on-going assessment and light suppression repair work where environmental conditions permit. Heavy equipment operations are not likely to occur given soft roads and unstable slopes. Current and forecasted precipitation will give give slopes, roads, and drainages no chance to dry and stabilize.
The Repair Group will continue chipping and fencing in the Mora Valley and completing mechanical work as road conditions allow. DIV S will continue road repairs on Forest Road 442 (Gallegos area) and assess Pot Creek for continued work as well. DIV V will continue with repair along fire traffic routes and fire equipment retrieval. All Resources will continue to build the plan for the proper resources needed to continue suppression and contingency line repair over the coming months.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Isolated showers and thunderstorms possible. Isolated smoldering fire behavior possible on the western flank in the Pecos Wilderness. No growth or fire spread.
Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms. Localized areas of flooding and debris flows are possible if stronger storms move over high severity burn scars. Isolated smoldering fire behavior possible on the western flank in the Pecos Wilderness. No growth or fire spread.
Isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Flooding and debris flows are not expected. Isolated smoldering fire behavior possible on the western flank in the Pecos Wilderness. No growth or fire spread.
Isolated to scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Localized areas of flooding and debris flows are possible. Isolated smoldering fire behavior possible on the western flank in the Pecos Wilderness. No growth or fire spread.
Anticipated after 72 hours:
Monsoonal moisture remains in place with scattered afternoon thunderstorms, mainly over the terrain. Localized areas of flooding and debris flows are possible. Overall threat for flooding and debris flows remains low. Isolated smoldering fire behavior possible on the western flank in the Pecos Wilderness. No growth or fire spread.
The monsoonal pattern will remain in place with isolated showers and thunderstorms possible from late morning through the evening hours each day. Widespread issues with flooding and debris flow is not expected but remain possible should a stronger storm move across a high severity burn scar area.