Big Hole Fire – Valencia County, April 13, 2022

The Big Hole Fire, located on state and private land in the Belen Bosque in Valencia County, remains estimated at 900 acres and 0% contained. Strong wind gusts pushed the fire beyond its primary and secondary containment lines overnight. Firefighters worked through the early morning hours to reestablish those lines on the east side of the fire of the levy road. The Geronimo Hotshots have joined the Forestry Division, Valencia County Fire Department, and numerous other fire agencies to work on containing the Big Hole Fire. A voluntary evacuation order remains in place. Remaining residents are urged to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

Evacuations: Those wishing to voluntarily evacuate may utilize the Belen Recreation Center at 305 Eagle Lane.

Weather: Wind gusts are expected to increase with Red Flag conditions this afternoon. The relative humidity is at 41%.

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: Voluntary

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

Forestry Division

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