Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 2:17:55 PM MST

Wildfire Incident Report


Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
www.fireweatheravalanche.org
Incident #
2022-NMSNF-000027
FWAC Incident ID
241595
Incident Name
Hermits Peak Fire
Last Updated
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 2:00 PM MST
(17 mins, 53 secs ago)
Fire Reported
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 5:51 PM MDT
(8 months ago)
State
New Mexico
Incident Type
Wildfire
Location
30.4 miles E of Santa Fe, NM
Responsible Agency
US Forest Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Santa Fe National Forest
Fuels
Ponderosa Pine
Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Hermits Peak Fire began April 6 as a result of the Las Dispensas prescribed fire on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest. Although forecasted weather conditions were within parameters for the prescribed fire, unexpected erratic winds in the late afternoon caused multiple spot fires that spread outside the project boundary. It was declared a wildfire at approximately 4:30 p.m. on April 6, 2022. Named the Hermits Peak Fire, the wildfire began approximately 12 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM at the base of Hermits Peak in the Pecos Wilderness. The Hermits Peak Fire is in mixed conifer in steep, rugged terrain that poses challenges for firefighter access.

The Calf Canyon Fire was caused by a pile burn holdover from January that remained dormant under the surface through three winter snow events before reemerging in April. A holdover fire, also called a sleeper fire, is a fire that remains dormant for a considerable time.

The Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires are managed as one fire. An increase in crews, engines, and heavy equipment have arrived to support and strengthen fire suppression repair efforts, mitigate impacts from flooding and reenforce existing containment lines. Working hand in hand with private landowners, fire crews are fixing fences, repairing roads, seeding, chipping, and removing vegetation with great perseverance and fortitude. As additional requests are received, crews continue to respond wherever needs are identified.


Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Multiple Spot Fires Spread Beyond The Prescribed Fire Project Boundary.
Date of Origin
Wednesday April 06th, 2022 approx. 04:51 PM
Location
12 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM
Incident Commander
Luke
Helfinstine
IC, Type 4
Incident Description
The Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires are being managed as one fire.
Coordinates
35.718, -105.399
Total Personnel
4
Size (Acres)
341,735
Containment
100%
Fuels Involved
Hardwood Litter
Timber (Litter and Understory)

Spruce/fir and ponderosa pine forest types with a significant amount of dead standing and dead and downed fuels in the under story are currently the primary fuel type. Aspen groves and scrub oak exist at mid-elevations, with pinyon-juniper and grass-shrub types at the lowest elevations. Widespread greenup has occurred
in live woody fuels and herbaceous fuel at all elevations.
Significant Events
Minimal
Planned Actions
Incident efforts will be focused on identifying suppression repair needs and implementing repair work throughout the
fire area as they are identified.
Weather Concerns
Dry weather through the day Saturday. Winds will be light today, breezy Friday and windy Saturday, and strong, possibly damaging winds Sunday. especially over the mountains and onto the eastern
highlands and plains. Rain and mountain snow will begin Saturday night and continue off and on through Monday night. Temperatures
will plummet during this time. Tuesday and Wednesday should be
dry and not as chilly.
Incident Contact
Santa Fe National Forest Public Affairs
Email: SM.FS.sfnfpao@usda.gov
Phone: 505-438-5320
Fire Unit Information
Santa Fe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM 87508
Dispatch Contact
Santa Fe Interagency Dispatch Center | Santa Fe, NM
Phone: 505-438-5600
Incident Map

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