Big Hole Fire – Valencia County, Evening Update, April 12, 2022

The Big Hole Fire, located on state and private land in Belen, Valencia County, is now estimated at 900 acres and 0% contained. Evacuations have been lifted and are currently only voluntary. One residence and 18 outbuildings (sheds, barns) burned in the fire. Approximately 90 acres of the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area (WWCA) land area is also impacted. Firefighters will continue to secure a line around the fire and address hot spots tonight. The cause remains under investigation.

Weather: Wind gusts reached up to 43 miles per hour today with relative humidity at 16%. Red Flag conditions are expected again tomorrow (04/13).

Individuals sensitive to wildfire smoke should take precautions and use the New Mexico Department of Health 5-3-1 Visibility Method to determine if it’s safe to be outside. Learn more at 

Start Date & Time: 04/11/2022 1330

Start Location: Belen Bosque North of River Road

Latitude: 34.6648

Longitude: -106.7469

Cause of Fire: Under investigation Area Vegetation: Bosque

Estimated Acres Burned: 900

Ownership(s): State and private

Structures Threatened: Yes

Structures Burned: Yes

Evacuations: Lifted, voluntary

Wendy Mason
Wildfire Prevention & Communications Coordinator
Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Dept. (EMNRD)

Forestry Division

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