| Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires June 14, 2022 Daily Update NM Fire Info

Acres: 325 340 | Containment: 70% | Total workforce : 2,252 |Start date: Hermit Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: spotting prescribed burning fires; Calf Canyon: Residual fire from a prescribed pile burn | Location: Located near Gallinas Canyon | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush and grass

Strong points: A red flag warning is in effect from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., expect to see increased smoke as the fire remains active today, including the unburned fuel islands inside. The Southwest Area 5 Incident Management Team has assumed command of the South Area. Suppression repair work in the northern and southern areas is progressing and crews are working on constructing water bars on the steep slopes to minimize damage to resources when the monsoons arrive.

Operations:

North area (SWIMT1): Yesterday, as expected, there was an increase in interior pockets of fuel burning during the day with increasing winds and atmospheric instability. Crews continued to monitor along the western flank of the fire as work on the shaded fuel cuts progressed. Suppression repair work continued in the Chacon area, with firefighters working south on NM 121 road along the fire perimeter. Firefighters will also continue suppressive repair work along Highway 434. With aviation support, fire managers will continue to monitor the western edge of the fire, ensuring containment lines remain solid. Work will continue with shaded fuel cuts to the north and northwest of the fire.

South Zone (SWIMT2): Fire activity continues to be high with hot, dry conditions and strong southwesterly winds creating extremely visible smoke, particularly from the Pecos Wilderness. Communities on the east side of the fire will see greater amounts of smoke compared to the past few days. Areas active from Tuesday’s fire are expected to remain active, primarily around the Rio Mora drainage and the Trampas fire scar. The fire moved into the Rio Mora drainage on Tuesday and continues to move toward Hamilton Mesa in the Pecos Wilderness. Smoke will be visible as areas of unburned fuel within the perimeter dry out due to record high temperatures and low relative humidity. Yesterday, crews focused on repair work along the Skyline Trail, including chipping and cleanup efforts. Today, crews will focus their efforts on the Skyline Trail, clearing fallen debris and the bulldozer line used as a containment line earlier in the fire. Hamilton Mesa firefighters will continue to monitor and assess potential strategic burning operations. There are no changes to road closures or evacuation orders in the fire area.

Evacuations: To view real-time evacuation information around the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires, visit: https://tinyurl.com/HermitsPeak for the evacuation map. The Ready, Set, Go evacuation guide is available in English and Spanish here: https://tinyurl.com/RSGNM. For disaster assistance resources, visit: https://www.nmdhsem.org/2022-wildfires/.

Time: A red flag warning was issued on Tuesday with very low relative humidity, gusty westerly winds and an unstable warm air mass bringing critical fire weather conditions to the fire zone. Minimum relative humidity values ​​will fall into the single digits and low teens with wind gusts up to 40 mph. An isolated dry thunderstorm cannot be ruled out due to high humidity and instability moving through the fire area, but the threat is low.

Closures and restrictions: All National Forests in New Mexico have closures or restrictions in place due to extreme fire danger. To learn more about these closures and restrictions, visit: https://tinyurl.com/bdy5y99r. Information on fire restrictions on public and private lands can be found at: https://nmfireinfo.com/fire-restrictions/.

After Fire, Flood, and Recovery Resources: After the Wildfire Guide to New Mexico https://www.afterwildfirenm.org/ | Information on emergency response to the fire areas of Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8104/.

Smoke: An interactive smoke map to fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.

Information about the fire: Office hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Phone: 505-356-2636 | Email: [email protected]

On line: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8069/ | https://www.facebook.com/CalfCanyonHermitsPeak| nmfireinfo.com |tinyurl.com/HermitsYouTube | Santa Fe NF |

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