Cooks Peak Fire Update-5/8/22

Phone Line: 505-357-0683; Hours: 8 am – 5 pm

Email: 2022.cookspeak@firenet.gov

Acres: 59,359 acres  
Containment: 97%
Cause: Human, under investigation
Start Date: Sunday, April 17, 2022
Fuels: ponderosa pine, oak brush and grass

Location: North of Ocate NM, approximately 46 miles north of Las Vegas, NM

Fire Update:  Throughout the fire, smoke may be visible as fuels continue to be consumed. Crews are mopping up the perimeter and working the unsecured fireline along the northwest edge.  Crews will also work in the southeast corner where several pockets of fuels are actively burning.  Within the northern interior, fire-scorched pine needles have fallen and are being consumed by the fire, creating additional smoke in that area.  A Red Flag Warning is forecasted again today through tomorrow due to dry weather and winds. Forecasts call for sustained 30-40 mph winds with gusts up to 60 mph.

The incident resources will continue to support local resources in any new starts in the vicinity of the fire. Suppression repair is underway where needed and specialists are assessing the fire for additional rehabilitation actions.

Road Access Update: State Road 21 between Cimarron and 5 miles west of Miami remains closed except to local traffic.  Visit https://nmroads.com/mapIndex.html for additional information.

Fire Prevention: With historic levels of fire danger, preventing wildfires critical. Please be prepared for your outdoor activities and always carry a fire extinguisher and shovel in your vehicle.

Fire Restrictions: The New Mexico State Forester has implemented statewide fire restrictions.  Smoking, fireworks, campfires, open burning and open fires are prohibited. For more information see  https://www.emnrd.nm.gov/sfd/forestry-news/  The Bureau of Land Management, Farmington District has also implemented fire restrictions.  Campfires, smoking, fireworks and certain uses of equipment, including off road vehicle use are restricted.  Visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/new-mexico/fire-restrictions for details.

Mora County residents previously in the Cooks Peak Fire evacuation footprint may now be under Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak evacuation status. Mora county residents should refer to the Mora County sheriff https://www.facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice and Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak Fire Information https://www.facebook.com/santafeNF for the most current evacuation status. 

The Mora and Colfax County Sheriff’s Offices are using the Ready! Set! Go! program for evacuation status that provides information on evacuation and evacuation preparation.

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