Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Closure Area Reduced, Opening Up More Access to Pecos Wilderness

SANTA FE, NM – Aug. 9, 2022 – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today reduced the size of the closure area for the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire to allow for increased public access in the high country of the Pecos Wilderness. The updated closure order, effective at 8 a.m. today, opens an additional 11,517 […]

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Southwest IMT Team 3 Assumes Command of the Calf Canyon Fire

August 8, 2022 – Calf Canyon Fire Update Acres: 341,735| Containment: 98% | Total personnel: 395|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: […]

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Significant Moisture in the fire perimeter impacts fire suppression activities

August 5, 2022 – Calf Canyon Fire Update Acres: 341,735| Containment: 98% | Total personnel: 395| 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: […]

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Wildfire Preparedness is Year-Round:

Risk and Danger in the Post-Fire Environment SANTA FE, NM – August 4, 2022 – Therecent devastating wildfires and subsequent flash flooding are fresh in the minds of many New Mexicans – it can feel debilitating to grieve the loss of lives and property while the risk of danger remains. There are a number of […]

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Some fire area closures reduced; flooding continues to impact forest areas and suppression repair operations

August 3, 2022 – Calf Canyon Fire Update  Acres: 341,735| Containment: 98% | Total personnel: 389| 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: […]

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Reduced Closure Area for Post Wildfire Suppression Repair

Bear Trap Fire – Magdalena Ranger District – San Mateo Mountains Albuquerque, NM, Aug 02, 2022 – An Area, Road and Trail Closure (Order 03-03-03-22-01) has been issued for National Forest System lands as described below and as depicted on the attached map as Exhibit A, within the Magdalena Ranger District, Cibola National Forest, Socorro […]

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New Mexico State Forester lifts statewide fire restrictions on all non-municipal, non-federal, and non-tribal lands

Santa Fe, NM – The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) Forestry Division announces the rescission of the current Fire Restrictions Order #2022-02 prohibiting smoking, fireworks, campfires, and open fires on all non-municipal, non-federal, and non-tribal lands effective August 01, 2022, at 12:01 p.m. Fire restrictions were put in place on April 22 due to the […]

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SFNF Updates Closure Order for Cerro Pelado Fire Area

SANTA FE, NM – Aug. 2, 2022 – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) today issued a revised closure order to protect public health and safety during wildfire suppression repair operations and in the event of potential post-fire impacts from the Cerro Pelado Fire, including debris flow and flash flooding. The new closure order will […]

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Crews make progress on suppression repair; forest closures remain in effect as debris flows impact roadways and trails

August 1, 2022 – Calf Canyon Fire Update  Highlights: Containment increased to 96%. Suppression repair work is ongoing, as weather conditions allow. Areas across the fire are experiencing dangerous conditions, such as flooding and debris flows. Residents and visitors are encouraged to review the most current closures at the link below. Operations: Yesterday, crews were […]

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Containment increases as crews contend with wet conditions

Correction to the Daily Update for Friday, July 29. In the Operations section about the middle of the paragraph. (it is not NM Highway 240) – sentence should read: Crews completed excavator work near NM Highway 63 toward Grass Mountain and will continue north once conditions begin to dry out. July 29, 2022 – Calf […]

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FINAL UPDATE: Spring Creek Fire – Single Tree Lightning Strike on the Sandia Ranger District

Reported start date / time: July 27, 2022 / 1335 Cause: Single Tree Lightning Strike         Location: West of Sandia Crest north of Sandia Tramway– Sandia Ranger District, Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands (NF & NGs). Resources: Firefighters from the Cibola National Forest. Strategy: Full suppression. 07/28/22 Update: The health and safety of firefighters and […]

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Single Tree Lightning Strikeon the Sandia Ranger District

Reported start date / time: July 27, 2022 / 1335 Cause: Single Tree Lightning Strike         Location: West of Sandia Crest north of Sandia Tramway– Sandia Ranger District, Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands (NF & NGs). Resources on scene: Firefighters from the Cibola National Forest and Bernalillo County Fire Dept. Strategy: Full suppression. Smoke may […]

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Thunderstorms and flash flood warnings delay suppression repair efforts as crews remain vigilant and ready to work when conditions permit

July 27, 2022 – Calf Canyon Fire Update Acres: 341,735| Containment: 93% | Total personnel: 581| 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: […]

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Monsoonal weather and flash flood potential persist as crews continue suppression repair efforts when feasible

July 25, 2022 – Calf Canyon Fire Update  Acres: 341,735| Containment: 93% | Total personnel: 681| 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: […]

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Suppression repair progress interrupted by rain and flooding

July 22, 2022 – Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fire Update Acres: 341,735| Containment: 93% | Total personnel: 654| 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 […]

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Firefighters are mending fences, roads, and relationships

July 20, 2022 – Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fire Update Acres: 341,735| Containment: 93% | Total personnel: 667| 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 […]

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CERRO PELADO POST-FIRE BAER ASSESSMENT SUMMARY RELEASED

Cathleen Thompson — BAER Information Officer Cell: (707) 853-4243 – Email: cathleen.thompson@usda.gov Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) completed its BAER post-fire assessment of the Cerro Pelado burned area and affected watersheds to determine their response, soil conditions, potential threats, and recommended BAER emergency stabilization measures and actions on National Forest System […]

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Additional crews arrive to bolster suppression repair efforts

July 18, 2022 – Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fire Update Acres: 341,735| Containment: 93% | Total personnel: 656| 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 […]

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Monsoons Bring Lightning-Caused Fire Starts Across SFNF, Including Santa Fe’s Atalaya Mountain

SANTA FE, NM – July 16, 2022 – A lightning-caused fire start on the east slope of Atalaya Mountain was one of five natural ignitions on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) yesterday, an indication that the 2022 wildfire season is not over yet. The monsoonal weather patterns that bring much-needed moisture also bring lightning, […]

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Firefighters collaborate with local communities on suppression repair

July 15, 2022 – Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fire Update Acres: 341,735| Containment: 93% | Total personnel: 396 | 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 […]

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