Cooks Peak Fire Update Monday, May 9, 2022


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

Fire Update:  A Red Flag Warning is forecasted today until 9pm due to dry weather and high winds. The forecast calls for sustained winds of 25-40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.  Another Red Flag Warning is predicted tomorrow from 11am-9pm. Containment has held at 97% throughout the weekend’s high wind events and warming temperatures.  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 and diminishing pockets of heat in the southeast. As suppression repair continues, resource specialists are assessing completed work and additional rehabilitation actions needed.  A group of incident resources will continue to support local resources with any new starts that may occur in the vicinity of the fire.

If you have any questions regarding the Philmont Scout Ranch operation, please contact the ranch directly at 575-376-2281.  The National Scouting Museum and the Tooth of Time Traders are open to the public 8 am – 5 pm daily.

Acres: 59,359 acres   Containment: 97% Cause: Human, under investigationStart 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 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  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 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 and Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak Fire Information 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.

More Information:

Inciweb:  Cooks Peak:

Inciweb:  Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak:  https://inciweb.nwcg/incident/8069


New Mexico Fire information:

Smoke Outlook:


Colfax County:

Unburned trees within footprint of fire.

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