Break in Monsoon Over the Weekend

August 15, 2022 – Calf Canyon Fire Update

Acres: 341,735| Containment: 98% | Total personnel: 488|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: We would like to remind residents who need suppression repair on their private property to complete the Private Land Suppression Repair SurveyPlease fill out one survey per property/parcel number. If you are looking for a status on the assessment or repair, please call 720-417-8048 for assistance in English, or 505-398-3889 for assistance in Spanish.  If you submit multiple repair surveys for the same property, it slows the process of verifying assessments and repairs that have been completed. 

Operations:  Over the weekend drier weather over the fire area allowed for safe access for firefighters and heavy equipment to reengage and continue suppression assessments and repairs.  Incident personnel continued to support work on removing debris, mud and rocks off roads damaged by flooding. Fire officials would like to remind residents and visitors to slow down while driving on roads in and around the fire area and to obey all traffic warnings.

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 (usda.gov). Monsoon weather, firefighter and public safety, and completion of suppression repair activities play a part in the decision to revise or lift closure orders. 

Weather:  High pressure will weaken and allow more favorable monsoonal flow of moisture into the region. Expect scattered showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday, with a significant increase in storms possible Thursday and Friday. Daily showers and storms will increase the risk for flash flooding with the greatest risk from Tuesday afternoon through at least Thursday. Afternoon temperatures will be cooling with increased relative humidity.

Fire Flooding and Recovery Resources: 2022 Wildland Fires Resources Hotline: https://www.nmdhsem.org/2022- wildfires/| After Wildfire New Mexico Guide:  https://www.afterwildfirenm.org/ | Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires Burned Area Emergency Response: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8104/

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): https://www.tinyurl.com/suppressionrepair. 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: 2022.hermitspeak@firenet.gov

Online Fire Information Resources: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8069/ | https://www.facebook.com/santafeNF/| nmfireinfo.com |Santa Fe National Forest Twitter | tinyurl.com/HermitsYouTube | Santa Fe National Forest | Carson National Forest

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