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August 12, 2022 – Calf Canyon Fire Update

Acres: 341,735| Containment: 98% | Total personnel: 459| Start Date: Hermits Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: Spot fires from prescribed burn; Calf Canyon: Holdover fire from prescribed pile burn | Location: 12 miles NW of Las Vegas, NM | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush, and grass

Highlights: Fire officials ask all residents and visitors to use caution while driving on roads around the fire area, many roads have been damaged from rain run-off, and obey all traffic warnings. Firefighters and equipment operations continue to work on removing debris, mud, and rocks off roads while trucks move heavy equipment and culverts in areas where flooding has occurred. Log trucks have started moving logs from Osha Pass to Angel Fire along Forest Road 76 and NM 434.  Remain alert and drive cautiously for your safety and those working to clear the roadways.

Operations: After several days of heavy rain, crews continue to identify and assess repairs needed to reduce evidence of suppression activities on the landscape. Crews are almost done repairing fence and cleaning up roadways near Lower Rociada. Weather conditions have allowed for seeding operations and repair activities south of Angostura along the fire perimeter and culvert installation where needed northwest of Bear Mountain.

Closures: The Santa Fe National Forest has reduced the fire closure area opening additional access to the Pecos Wilderness. To view the new closure order and map visit –  Santa Fe – Alerts & Notices ( Monsoon weather and completion of suppression repair activities play a part in the decision to lift closure orders and the safety of the public, firefighter, and incident support personnel is always our first priority. 

Weather: High pressure will begin to migrate from the Four Corners into the Great Plains, further shutting off access to the monsoonal plume. This will reduce our thunderstorm coverage in the afternoon to isolated across the southern Sangre de Cristos and their adjacent highlands. Any storms that do develop will be plagued by slow storm motion, trending in a west-northwest to northwest direction. Temperatures will be slightly warmer.

Fire Flooding and Recovery Resources: 2022 Wildland Fires Resources Hotline: wildfires/| After Wildfire New Mexico Guide: | Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires Burned Area Emergency Response:

For questions or concerns related to flooding, please call the New Mexico State Emergency Operations Center at 1-800-432-2080. For federal disaster with fire or flood damage to your primary residence, please call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362.

Private Land Suppression Repair Survey (English and Spanish): Call 720-417-8048 for assistance in English, or 505-398-3889 for assistance in Spanish.

Fire Information: Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM | Phone: 505-356-2636| Email:

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