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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

Santa Fe National Forest
Phone: 505-438-5300
Hours: M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Jemez Ranger District
Phone: 575-829-3535
Hours: M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Highlighted Activity

09/19/2022 Final Cerro Pelado Burned Area Closure Terminated
 Final Cerro Pelado Burned Area Closure Terminated NM Highway 4 Recreation Sites Now Open SANTA FE, NM – Sept. 19, 2022 – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today rescinded the Jemez National...
News - 09/19/2022
Revised Cerro Pelado Fire Closure MAPImage options: [ Full Size ]

The Northern New Mexico Type 3 Incident Management Team will transition command of the fire back to the Jemez Ranger District Wednesday, June 15 2022. The incident information number will no longer be monitored after Wednesday. For fire information contact the Jemez Ranger District or the Santa Fe National Forest.
Fire Information: Jemez Ranger District 575-829-3535 or Santa Fe National Forest 505-438-5300 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Mountain Time

NM Hwy 4 is open to through traffic. Please drive carefully and watch for fire vehicle traffic entering the roadway. 

There are no longer evacuations in place. Property owners have been allowed to return to their properties.

The Santa Fe National Forest has implemented a full forest closure order. All portions of the forest are off limits to the public and fines of up to $5,000 for individuals and fines up to $10,000 for organizations may be given to anyone violating the closure order. Violators may also be sentenced for up to 6 months imprisonment. These closures are in effect due to the extreme fire danger conditions. For a full copy of the closure order, please visit   

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday April 22nd, 2022 approx. 03:39 PM
Location7 miles east of Jemez Springs
Incident CommanderIC Luke McLarty, Northern New Mexico Type 3 Team
Coordinates35.775 latitude, -106.584 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel25
Size45,605 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Estimated Containment DateFriday July 15th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Short Grass (1 foot)

Closed Timber Litter

Medium Logging Slash

Significant Events




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.

On secure portions of the perimeter, suppression repair actions are ongoing under direction of resource advisors.

Projected Incident Activity

No perimeter growth is expected. The primary concern is the potential for moderate to large fire growth in the initial attack zone.


NNMT3 Team took over fire as of 1800 on 06/01/2022 - First operational shift on 6/2/2022 at 0700.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Moisture will begin to return on Thursday, and a mix of wet and dry thunderstorms with gusty winds will return across portions central and eastern New Mexico as well. A monsoon pattern looks to set up for late in the week and over the weekend. This will bring better chances for wetting rains across western and potentially central New Mexico