May 14, 2022, Daily Update, 09:00
hectares: 279,868 acres – containment: 27% – Total staff: 1,924
Start date: Hermit Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022
Because: Hermits Peak: Fire on site by prescribed burning; Calf Canyon: under investigation
Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon – Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, scrub and grass
Highlights: Today, the new Type 1 Southwest Incident Management Team 1 (SWIMT 1) and Type 1 California Team 2 are shadowing the current teams to ensure a seamless transition Sunday. Active fire behavior is now predicted at critically dry relative humidity and higher temperatures; With less wind, however, the fire is not expected to grow significantly. Every plane used in the incident was on fire throughout the day yesterday. Under similar conditions, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft are used again today to support the fire brigade on the ground. Residents in San Miguel, Mora, Taos and Colfax counties should remain on high alert as evacuation status changes and roads become closed.
operations: To the north, building protection crews are working around Angostura to prepare homes and assets as the fire advances towards the Angostura Trail today. Firefighters are working along the edge of the fire in the Chacon, Holman, Cleveland and Mora areas to mitigate the effects. Yesterday the fire stopped outside the Chacon Valley on its way north. Above Mora, crews build additional bulldozers as the fire goes down the Comanche Canyon. Firefighters continue to work the corridors of Highways 518, 121, 434 and 442 up to and around Black Lake. Today the fire is expected to end near Guadalupita South and structural protection groups are doing a lot of work there. Crews worked west of the Cooks Peak Fire and east of the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires to open bulldozer lines and connect roads that met midway. In the direction of Highway 442, the crews connect to Martinez Ranch Road.
To the south, crews are monitoring the area surrounding Mineral Hills and San Geronimo to ensure nothing else is under threat. The fire remains active around Barillas Peak. Large and very large air tankers (LATs and VLATs) were able to drop braking agents on this line yesterday to support ground crews. The fire service is working right on this edge, and more lines are being built to the south. The crews are also dozering the wilderness line above Bull Canyon, connecting some roads and trails. The fire has crossed the ridge at Elk Mountain and is slowly moving into an old burn scar. A lot of smoke will rise from this area. In the Rociada and Gascon area, firefighters are still working to secure the edge of the blaze. The fire continues to spread into the Pecos Wilderness in areas along the northwestern side.
evacuations: For an interactive map collection, including the evacuation map, scan the QR code at the top of the page or go to https://tinyurl.com/HermitsPeak. Follow Taos County (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064642843163), San Miguel County (www.facebook.com/smcso.nm) and Mora County (www.facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice) Sheriff’s Office Facebook pages for the latest updates.
weather: South end west to southwest 15 to 20 mph gusts to 27. North end north to northwest 10 to 15 mph gusts to 28. Highs above 60’s to mid 80’s. Minimum relative humidity 5 to 13%.
Limitations: A new order to close Carson National Forest affects the entire Camino Real ranger district. Tier 2 forestwide fire restrictions have been introduced. Full suspension order and map: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/carson/alerts-notices
The Santa Fe National Forest closure order covers the entire Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. Tier 2 forestwide fire restrictions have been introduced. Full closure order and map: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/santafe/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprd3802009.
smoke: An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom in on your area to see the latest smoke conditions.
Fire Information: Fire department office hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m | Telephone: 505-356-2636 | Email: email@example.com Inciweb (inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8069/) |SFNF Facebook| Twitter| SFNF website|New Mexico Fire Information website.
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