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Fire Status
Last Updated
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Fire Start
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 5:51 PM MDT
Incident #
Ponderosa Pine
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Santa Fe National Forest

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Incident Overview

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Incident Photo for the Hermits Peak Fire

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.

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Multiple Spot Fires Spread Beyond The Prescribed Fire Project Boundary.
Date of Origin
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 4:51 PM MDT
12 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM
Incident Commander
Marc Bernal, IC SWA IMT5 Mike Spilde, Deputy IC SWA IMT5
Incident Description
The Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires are being managed as one fire.
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Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
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 green-up has occurred in live woody fuels and herbaceous fuel at all elevations.
Significant Events

No fire behavior observed.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
The incident has been consolidated into two divisions, the North and South Repair Groups. Incident efforts will be focused on identifying suppression repair needs and implementing repair work throughout the fire area. Landowner-identified repair actions will also continue in these two divisions. Localized flooding and debris flows associated with seasonal monsoons may impact roads, culverts, drainages, and private property. Assessment and repair work will continue when weather is favorable to safely meet objectives.
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. No detectable fire behavior.

24 hours: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Flash flood threat is low. No detectable fire behavior is expected.

48 hours: No rain expected. No detectable fire behavior is expected.

72 hours: No rain expected. No detectable fire behavior is expected.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Flash flood threat is low. No detectable fire
behavior is expected.
SWA Incident Management Team 5 will tentatively transfer command of the incident to a Type 3 Incident Management Organization on September 18 at 6:00pm.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
After showers and thunderstorms brought heavy rain and localized flooding earlier this week, drier and warmer weather returns today and continues through the weekend. Southwest wind will increase this weekend, especially along ridge tops. Monsoon moisture is forecast to return by the middle of next week as a storm system develops along the West Coast. This could bring our next best chance for showers and thunderstorms. High temperatures will trend warmer through the weekend, cooling back down toward seasonal averages next week.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Hermits Peak Fire Information
Email: 2022.hermitspeak@firenet.gov
Phone: 505-356-2636
Hours: Daily 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
Santa Fe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM 87508

Dispatch Center Contact

Santa Fe Interagency Dispatch Center (NM-SFC)

Santa Fe, NM