Wildfire Incident Information
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Fire Status
CONTAINED
Last Updated
29 mins, 11 secs ago
Fire Start
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 9:00 AM MDT
Incident #
2022-NWCG-8069
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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 3 days ago

Incident Photo for the Calf Canyon 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
Wildfire
Cause
Holdover Fire From Prescribed Pile Burn.
Date of Origin
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 3:00 PM MDT
Location
12 Miles NW of Las Vegas NM
Incident Commander
Mark Bernal, Type 3
Incident Description
The Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires are being managed as one fire.
Coordinates
35.759, -105.503

Current Situation

Total Personnel
117
Size (Acres)
341,735
Containment
100%
Fuels Involved
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
Minimal.

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.
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours: Drier and warmer weather returns today and continues through the weekend.

24 hours:

48 hours: Southwest wind will increase this weekend, especially along ridge tops.

72 hours:

Anticipated after 72 hours:Monsoon moisture is forecast to return by the middle of next week as a storm system develops along the West Coast.

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
Calf Canyon Fire Information
Email: 2022.calfcanyon@firenet.gov
Phone: 505-356-2636
Hours: 8am to 8pm
Fire Unit Information
Santa Fe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM 87508