May 14, 2022, daily update, 09:00
Acres: 279,868 acres – Containment: 27% – Total workforce : 1,924
Start date: Hermit Peak: April 6, 2022; Calves Canyon: April 19, 2022
Cause: Hermits Peak: localized fires by prescribed burning; Calf Canyon: under investigation
Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon – Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush and grass
Strong points: Today, Type 1 Southwest Incident Management Team 1 (SWIMT 1) and Type 1 California Team 2 follow current teams to ensure a smooth transition on Sunday. Active fire behavior is expected today with extremely dry relative humidity and higher temperatures; however, with less wind, the fire should not grow significantly. Yesterday, all aircraft involved in the incident were under fire throughout the day. Under similar conditions today, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft will once again be operational to support firefighters on the ground. Residents of San Miguel, Mora, Taos and Colfax counties should remain on high alert for changing evacuation statuses and road closures.
Operations: To the north, structure protection crews are working around Angostura to prepare homes and valuables as the fire spreads towards the Angostura Trail today. Firefighters are working in the Chacon, Holman, Cleveland and Mora areas along the edge of the blaze to mitigate impacts. Yesterday the fire stayed out of the Chacon Valley as it moved north. Above Mora, crews build additional bulldozer lines as the fire recedes into Comanche Canyon. Firefighters continue to work in the corridors of Highways 518, 121, 434 and 442 to and around Black Lake. Today, the fire is expected to end near Guadalupita South, and structure protection groups are hard at work there. Crews worked west of Cooks Peak Fire and east of Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fire to open bulldozer lines and connect roads, meeting in the middle. Towards Highway 442, the crews end up lining up on Martinez Ranch Road.
To the south, teams are keeping watch around Mineral Hills and San Geronimo to make sure nothing else is at risk. The fire remains active around Barillas Peak. The large and very large air tankers (LAT and VLAT) were able to drop retardant on this line yesterday to help ground crews. Firefighters are working directly on this edge and additional lines are being built to the south. Crews also create a bulldozer line to the Wild Frontier above Bull Canyon and connect some roads and trails. The fire has crossed the ridge at Elk Mountain and is slowly moving into an old fire scar. There will be a lot of smoke coming from this area. Around Rociada and Gascony, firefighters are still working to secure the edge of the fire. The fire continues to move through the Pecos Wilderness in areas along the northwest side.
Evacuations: For a collection of interactive maps, 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: At the southern end, winds west to southwest 15 to 20 mph, gusting to 27. At the northern end, winds north to northwest 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 28. Maximum temperatures above 60 to the mid-80s. Minimum relative humidity 5 to 13%.
Restrictions: A new Carson National Forest closure order includes the entire Camino Real Ranger District. Forest-wide Tier 2 fire restrictions have been implemented. Complete closure order and map: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/carson/alerts-notices
The Santa Fe National Forest closure order includes the entire Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. Forest-wide Tier 2 fire restrictions have been implemented. Full shutdown order and map: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/santafe/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprd3802009.
Smoke: An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ lets you zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.
Information about the fire: Fire Information Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Phone: 505-356-2636 | Email: 2022.hermit[email protected] Inciweb (inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8069/) |SFNFFacebook| Twitter| SFNF website|New Mexico fire information website.
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