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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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06/27/2022 Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires Daily Update June 27, 2022
Acres: 341,735| Containment: 92% | Total personnel: 1,356|Start Date: Hermits Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: Spot fires from prescribed burn; Calf Canyon:...
News - 06/27/2022
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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 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 area was rezoned to two zones on May 27; a North Zone is currently being managed by the Southwest Incident Management Team 1, and a South Zone managed by Southwest Incident Management Team 5.  As increasing portions of the east side of the fire have become contained, fire managers were able to reduce the number of Incident Management Teams needed to manage this fire.

Evacuations:Please go to tinyurl.com/HermitsPeak for the evacuation map or follow:

San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office: facebook.com/smcso.nm

Mora County Sheriff’s Office: facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice

Taos County Sheriff’s Office: facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064642843163

Colfax County Sheriff’s Office: facebook.com/Colfax-County-Sheriffs-Office-New-Mexico-971817152850308  
 
Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064737934118 

Burned Area Emergency Response: Interagency Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) specialists are currently assessing multiple soil properties that changed during the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires. the BAER program is designed to identify and manage potential risks to resources on National Forest System lands and reduce these threats through appropriate emergency measures to protect human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources.  More information is available at Hermits Peak & Calf Canyon BAER News Releases - InciWeb the Incident Information System (nwcg.gov).  
 
The USFS does not have authority to assess or recommend treatments to private property owners; however, we share our analysis, data and findings with local, state and other federal agencies that have that authority to help private landowners   Post-Fire Resources for NM Private Land Owners - InciWeb the Incident Information System (nwcg.gov).


Restrictions:

Carson National Forest, Camino Real Ranger District closure order and map: fs.usda.gov/alerts/carson/alerts-notices.

Santa Fe National Forest Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District closure order and map: fs.usda.gov/detail/santafe/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprd3802009.

BLM - New Mexico Fire Restrictions https://tinyurl.com/BLMNewMexico.

Smoke: An interactive smoke map at fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.  Predictive smoke outlooks are available at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net

Aviation / Drone Restrictions:The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) and any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges. For more information on drones the public can visit theFAA’s website at www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org“If you fly, we can’t!”

Fire Information:  Fire Information Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Phone: 505-356-2636 | Email: 2022.hermitspeak@firenet.gov Online: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8069/ | facebook.com/CalfCanyonHermitsPeak nmfireinfo.com |tinyurl.com/HermitsYouTube Santa Fe NF Website 

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 CommanderSouth: SWIMT5, IC Bernal North: SWIMT3, IC Elmore
Incident DescriptionThe fire is zoned. SWIMT5 has command of the South Zone, SWIMT3 has command of the North Zone.
Coordinates35.759 latitude, -105.503 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1,215
Size341,735 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained93%
Fuels Involved

Hardwood Litter

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Narrative:

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.

Significant Events

Minimal Smoldering

Narrative:

Scattered areas of light to moderate rain moved across the area. 24-hour rainfall amounts range from 0.5-1.25 inches. Temperatures this afternoon range from the mid-40s at higher elevations to the mid-50s elsewhere.

No detectable heat. Smoldering may persist in a few stump holes and large logs on the western flank in the Rio Del Padre and Pecos River drainages.

Outlook

Planned Actions

South Zone:

Branch XI - Unstaffed

Branch XV - Due to impending inclement weather operations will be minimal.

North Zone: Widespread rain will continue to limit the removal of heavy equipment from the shaded fuel break work areas and suppression repair in and around the fire's edge. The Rapid Response Group will maintain focus on road clearing and community assistance as able, crews will monitor identified hillside failure areas that have high chances for debris to cross roadways, while identified resources will respond to IA within the TFR. The likelihood of any rekindling of main fire within the perimeter is expected to remain low to non-existent, however, the there is a threat of new starts due to potential lightning activity.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Isolated showers continuing. Flooding and debris flow threat is low. Isolated smoldering possible in logs and stump holes on the western flank in the Pecos Wilderness. No surface spread. No smoke accumulation.

24 hours:

Isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Flooding and debris flow threat is low. Isolated smoldering possible, but becoming increasingly unlikely, in logs and stump holes on the western flank in the Pecos Wilderness. No surface spread. No smoke accumulation.

48 hours:

Isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Flooding and debris flow threat is low. Isolated smoldering possible, but becoming increasingly unlikely, in logs and stump holes on the western flank in the Pecos Wilderness. No surface spread. No smoke accumulation.

72 hours:

Isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Flooding and debris flow threat is low. If any heat has survived the rain, this is the day that it might become detectable with the driest weather of the week. However, it is unlikely that any fire has survived the latest round of storms. No surface spread. No smoke accumulation.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Monsoonal moisture returns by the end of the week and into the weekend bringing renewed potential for locally heavy rain. Overall threat for flooding and debris flows is low. Very isolated smoldering might still persist in a sheltered logs or stump hole on the western flank in the Pecos Wilderness. No surface spread. No smoke accumulation.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Warmer conditions will begin to move into the area Tuesday. The potential for widespread precipitation will lessen but isolated thunderstorms will remain possible in the afternoon and evening, mainly over the higher terrain, as weak monsoonal moisture remains in place through the end of the week before increasing again by the weekend.