Wildfire Incident Information
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Fire Status
ACTIVE
Last Updated
4 hours, 46 mins ago
Fire Start
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 10:51 AM MDT
Incident #
NWCG-2022-NWCG-8049
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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 14 hours, 17 mins ago

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.

PUBLIC INFORMATION AND DISASTER RESOURCES

Debris Removal from Floods or Burned Property

https://www.nmdhsem.org/2022-wildfires/">Emergency Operations Center

800-432-2080

Questions on hazardous waste /debris

Michael Bowers-NM contact

EPA

And https://www.env.nm.gov/">NM Environmental Dept.

505-629-6302

1-703-284-8212 EST 1-800-887-6063 EST

Asbestos Hotline – 1-800-368-5888 EST

New Mexico Environmental Dept. 505-827-2855

Emergency Loss of Access to Primary Residence

County Emergency Manager or County Sheriff’s Office

Mora County

575-447-0161

San Miguel

505-425-6190 Office #

505-429-6805 Cell #

Emergency Stabilization of Federal Lands

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8104/">Burned Area Emergency Response Team

520-906-2159

Requests to Repair Damage to Property Associated with Fire Suppression Effort

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8069/">Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Incident Management Team Suppression Repair Survey Form

English: 720-417-8048

Spanish: 505-398-3889

General Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire Information

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8069/">Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Incident Management Team

505-356-2636

Public Assistance (food, shelter, low interest loans, etc.)

https://www.nmdhsem.org/2022-wildfires/federal-assistance/">FEMA

1-800-621-3362

Help with Insurance Claims

https://www.osi.state.nm.us/pages/misc/nmwildfires">Office of Superintendent of Insurance

1-833-485-1336

Issues with Electric or Utilities

https://www.morasanmiguel.coop/">Mora San Miguel Electric Coop

1-505-429-4463 or 1-575-383-4270

Recreation, Forest Roads and Closures

https://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe">Santa Fe National Forest

1-505-438-5300

Recreation, Forest Roads and Closures

Carson National Forest

1-575-758-6200

Restoration of commercial grazing land/fencing

USDA Farm Service Agency

(505) 425-3594 ext 2

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Multiple Spot Fires Spread Beyond The Prescribed Fire Project Boundary.
Date of Origin
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 4:51 PM MDT
Location
12 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM
Incident Commander
Lance Elmore, IC SWA IMT3 David Gesser, Deputy IC
Incident Description
The Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires are being managed as one fire.
Coordinates
35.718, -105.399

Current Situation

Total Personnel
479
Size (Acres)
341,735
Containment
98%
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. Numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms developed around 1130 hrs and persisted through the day. Burn scar flash flooding likely occurred, however no reports were received as of 1500 hrs. Rainfall totals have averaged 0.25" to 0.75" with localized amounts up to 1.5". No heat, smoke, or other sign of fire behavior was detected.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Incident efforts are focused on assessing suppression repair needs and implementing repair work. Monsoonal weather pattern is expected to continue for the next few weeks. Flooding and debris flows may impact roads, culverts, drainages, and private property. Assessment and repair work will continue when weather is favorable to meet objectives.
Projected Incident Activity

12 Hours: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Localized areas of flash flooding. No detectable fire behavior.


24 - 48 Hours: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Localized areas of flash flooding. No detectable fire behavior.

72 Hours: Numerous showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall. Flash flooding and debris flows are possible if stronger storms move over high severity burn scars. No detectable fire behavior.
Remarks
Additional Resources not included in the Resource summary are 7 Skid Steers, 4 Graders, 2 Chippers, 2 Backhoes, 1 Frontend Loader, 3 Feller-Bunchers, 4 Dump Trucks, 2 Processors and 6 REMS Teams

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
Isolated to scattered showers and storms are expected on Thursday, but should favor the southern half of the fire. On Friday, coverage will be isolated as drier air remains in place. For the weekend, a weather disturbance will track across the area bringing significant moisture and a renewed threat for flash flooding. Daily afternoon showers and thunderstorms continue into next week with at least an isolated flash flood threat.

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