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Fire Start
Sunday, April 17, 2022 5:44 PM MDT
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Incident Overview

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Incident Photo for the Cooks Peak Fire

Cooks Peak Fire Update 5/12/2022 

Fire Update:  A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 8am-9pm.  Slightly cooler temperatures and strong afternoon winds are expected with gusts up to 40 mph.  Humidity will be in the single digits.  Friday, winds will be calmer, but weather conditions will remain dry and warm.  Smoke from the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire is being pushed by strong winds toward the Cooks Peak Fire. Interior pockets of fuel will continue to burn down and smoke may be visible but the fire is not actively spreading.  Crews will patrol and mop up along existing firelines and closely watch and hold all lines as strong winds can carry hot embers across.  In addition, crews will continue suppression repair work. 

Resource specialists continue to assess completed work and identify additional rehabilitation needed.  A group of incident resources will continue to support local resources with any new starts that may occur in the vicinity of the fire. There are 83 personnel assigned to the incident. Most resources have been demobilized or recommitted to other fires.

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Phone Line: 505-357-0683; Hours: 8 am – 5 pm Acres: 59,359 acres Containment: 97% Cause: Human, under investigation Email: 2022.cookspeak@firenet.gov Start Date: Sunday, April 17, 2022 Fuels: ponderosa pine, oak brush and grass Location: North of Ocate NM, approximately 46 miles north of Las Vegas, NM

Fire Prevention: With historic levels of fire danger, preventing wildfires critical. Please be prepared for your outdoor activities and always carry a fire extinguisher and shovel in your vehicle.

Fire Restrictions: The New Mexico State Forester has implemented statewide fire restrictions.  Smoking, fireworks, campfires, open burning and open fires are prohibited. For more information see  https://www.emnrd.nm.gov/sfd/forestry-news/  The Bureau of Land Management, Farmington District has also implemented fire restrictions.  Campfires, smoking, fireworks and certain uses of equipment, including off road vehicle use are restricted.  Visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/new-mexico/fire-restrictions for details.

Mora County residents previously in the Cooks Peak Fire evacuation footprint may now be under Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak evacuation status. Mora county residents should refer to the Mora County sheriff https://www.facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice and Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak Fire Information https://www.facebook.com/santafeNF for the most current evacuation status.  The Mora and Colfax County Sheriff’s Offices are using the Ready! Set! Go! program for evacuation status that provides information on evacuation and evacuation preparation. More Information: NM Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: https://www.nmdhsem.org/

Inciweb:  Cooks Peak:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8066/

Inciweb:  Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak: https://inciweb.nwcg/incident/8069

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CooksPeakFireInfo/

New Mexico Fire information: https://nmfireinfo.com/

Smoke Outlook: https://outlooks.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlook/b335b9f4

Mora County: https://www.facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice/

Colfax County:  http://www.co.colfax.nm.us/government/sheriff_s_department.php

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Human, Under Investigation
Date of Origin
Sunday, April 17, 2022 4:45 PM MDT
North of Ocate, NM, Mora County
Incident Commander
Kyle Sahd, IC; Type 3 Incident Management Team
36.243, -105.038

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment
Saturday, May 28, 2022 5:00 PM MDT
Fuels Involved
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Tall Grass (2.5 feet)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Significant Events
Full containment expected this evening. The Cooks Peak Fire showed minimal fire behavior with isolated pockets of reburn in the northern interior and crews in the southeast corner saw fewer isolated smokes pop up close to the line. Extremely dry fuel moistures have expedited consumption of fuels. Significant winds tested firelines again yesterday- all lines held.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Friday, May 13, 2022: Crews will patrol and mop up along existing firelines and continue suppression repair work and approval of finished lines by resource advisors. Official transition of Type 3 organization back to local unit at 7pm this evening.
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours: Low relative humidity, warmer temperatures, higher west winds will increase threats to containment lines on the northern and eastern flanks. Interior pockets of heat will continue to consume.

24-48 hours: Calmer winds. Heat sources along containment lines will be minimal. Fire weather conditions will continue to support interior pockets of heat will aid in diminishing unburned fuels.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Heat sources along containment lines will be minimal. Fire weather conditions will continue to support interior pockets of heat and will aid in diminishing unburned fuels.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
Fire Weather Watch in effect. Daytime highs generally in the mid 70s in the lowlands.
Winds variable up to 15 mph. Extremely dry with relative humidity
dropping to single the digits.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Cooks Peak Fire Information
Email: 2022.cookspeak@firenet.gov
Phone: 505-357-0683
Hours: Daily, 8a - 5p
Fire Unit Information
Las Vegas District
HC 33 Box 109 #4 Las Vegas New Mexico 87701
Storrie Lake State Park
Las Vegas, NM 87701

Dispatch Center Contact

Santa Fe Interagency Dispatch Center (NM-SFC)

Santa Fe, NM