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Cerro Pelado

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Fire Information
Email: 2022.CerroPelado@firenet.gov
Phone: 505-312-4593
Hours: 7 days a week, 8 am to 8 pm

Fire Information
Phone: 303-918-4004
Hours: 7 days a week, 8 am to 8 pm

Highlighted Activity

05/24/2022 Cerro Pelado Fire Update for Tuesday, May 24
Info Office Hours: 8 am - 8...
News - 05/24/2022
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  • Hwy 4 is open to local traffic only so please drive carefully. By reducing speeds you can help protect firefighters working in the area.
  • Los Alamos County has dropped a level to the READY phase of  "Ready, Set, Go" .


Public Resources

  • Daily Fire Updates can be accessed here or through the News tab in the blue bar located in the upper portion of this page.

  • A variety of maps are added daily to the Maps section in the blue bar in the upper portion of this page or via this direct link.
  • Smoke reports are now being attached to the bottom of the Daily Fire Update as a PDF. As noted above, the Daily Fire Updates are posted on the News tab of this web site. The smoke reports rate the air quality index and provide suggested actions for individuals, especially those who are smoke sensitive.
  • Public information Officers post updates and maps on community fire information displays in multiple communities. Click here to read the list of locations.


Fire History
The Cerro Pelado Fire began on the afternoon of April 22, 2022. The cause is still undetermined.  

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginFriday April 22nd, 2022 approx. 03:45 PM
Location7 miles east of Jemez Springs
Incident CommanderIC Bill Waln, Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Three
Coordinates35.775 latitude, -106.584 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel558
Size45,605 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained85%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday June 15th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Short Grass (1 foot)

Brush (2 feet)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Minimal

Smoldering

Outlook

Planned Actions

Resources will continue working south of Hwy 4 to increase containment in areas with heat remaining. Divisions will continue to monitor and mop up existing containment lines.

Back haul of equipment is no longer needed as suppression is ongoing.

On secure portions of the perimeter, suppression damage repair actions are ongoing under direction of resource advisors. Chipping operations are continuing on the slash created along roads.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours

Dead and down logs will continue to burn out but will not be a threat and no perimeter growth is expected.

24 hours

Dead and down logs will continue to burn out but will not be a threat and no perimeter growth is expected.

48 hours

Dead and down logs will continue to burn out but will not be a threat and no perimeter growth is expected.

72 hours

No perimeter growth is expected.