Cooks Peak Fire Update Thursday, May 12, 2022

Fire Update:  A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 9am-8pm.  Slightly cooler temperatures and strong afternoon winds are expected with gusts up to 40 mph.  Humidity will be in the single digits.  Friday, winds will be calmer, but weather conditions will remain dry and warm.  Smoke from the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire is being pushed by strong winds toward the Cooks Peak Fire. Interior pockets of fuel will continue to burn down and smoke may be visible but the fire is not actively spreading.  Crews will patrol and mop up along existing firelines and closely watch and hold all lines as strong winds can carry hot embers across.  In addition, crews will continue suppression repair work.   

Resource specialists continue to assess completed work and identify additional rehabilitation 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. There are 83 personnel assigned to the incident. Most resources have been demobilized or recommitted to other fires. 

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. 

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

NM Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 

Inciweb:  Cooks Peak: 

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


New Mexico Fire information 

Smoke Outlook 

Mora County:  

Colfax County: 

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