Cooks Peak Fire Final Update Friday, May 13, 2022

Fire Update:  The Cooks Peak Fire is expected to be 100% contained by this evening, Friday, May 13.  The Type 3 Incident Management Team that has been managing the fire will transition to a local Type 4 organization.  Most resources will be demobilized following this week’s wind events but approximately 20 firefighters will continue to patrol, monitor and mop up heat.  Today and tomorrow, forecasts call for calmer winds but continued dry air.  The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch in northeastern NM today.  Smoke from the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire will likely continue to in the Cooks Peak Fire area.  

This will be the final update for the fire. The specially designated phone line and email for this incident will be disconnected and all fire inquiries can be sent to the Las Vegas District Office of the NM Division of Forestry at 505-425-7472.  Posts on rehabilitation activities will be made to in the future.

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% (100% expected 5/13/22)
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:

The variety of damage within the footprint of the Cooks Peak Fire

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