Wildfire Incident Information
Terrain
Satellite
OSM
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74% contained
Fire Status
ACTIVE
Last Updated
19 mins, 11 secs ago
Fire Start
Friday, April 22, 2022 4:39 PM MDT
Incident #
2022-NMSNF-000049
Fuels
Ponderosa Pine/slash
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Santa Fe National Forest

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Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 45 mins, 19 secs ago

Incident Photo for the Cerro Pelado Fire
  • Hwy 4 is open to local traffic only. Please drive carefully through the area as there are still fire crews working.
  • Today will be a critical fire weather day with a Red Flag Warning in effect from 12:00 PM until 10:00 PM due to gusty winds and extremely low relative humidity.
  • Los Alamos County has dropped a level to the READY phase of  "Ready, Set, Go" 

Public Resources

  • Daily Fire Updates can be accessed here or through the News tab in the blue bar located in the upper portion of this page.

  • A variety of maps are added daily to the Maps section in the blue bar in the upper portion of this page or via this direct link.
  • Smoke reports are now being attached to the bottom of the Daily Fire Update as a PDF. As noted above, the Daily Fire Updates are posted on the News tab of this web site. The smoke reports rate the air quality index and provide suggested actions for individuals, especially those who are smoke sensitive.
  • Public information Officers post updates and maps on community fire information displays in multiple communities. Click here to read the list of locations.


Fire History
The Cerro Pelado Fire began on the afternoon of April 22, 2022. The cause is still undetermined.  

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Unknown
Date of Origin
Friday, April 22, 2022 3:45 PM MDT
Location
7 miles east of Jemez Springs
Incident Commander
IC Bill Waln, Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team #3
Coordinates
35.775, -106.584

Current Situation

Total Personnel
654
Size (Acres)
45,605
Containment
74%
Estimated Containment
Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved
Short Grass (1 foot)
Brush (2 feet)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Significant Events
Minimal
Flanking
Backing

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Resources will continue working south of Hwy 4 to increase containment in areas with heat remaining. Divisions will continue to monitor and mop up existing containment lines. Back haul of equipment no longer needed for suppression is ongoing.

On secure portions of the perimeter, suppression damage repair actions are ongoing under direction of resource advisors. Chipping operations are continuing on the slash created along roads.
Projected Incident Activity
12 hours
Minimal fire activity is expected.

24 hours
No fire growth is expected, however the probability of spot fires across containment lines is of concern due to the very dry fuel moistures and low RH values. Fire has some potential to continue moving north towards Hwy 4, but additional line construction is occurring in this portion of the fire.

48 hours
Red flag warning for high winds and low RH. High winds forecasted will allow any interior heat to push through unconsumed fuels within the fire perimeter. This increases the possibility of spot fires across containment lines.

72 hours
Red flag warning for high winds and low relative humidity. High winds forecasted will allow any interior heat to push through unconsumed fuels within the fire perimeter. This increases the possibility of spot fires across containment lines.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
A Red Flag Warning will be in effect Thursday from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Email: 2022.CerroPelado@firenet.gov
Phone: 505-312-4593
Hours: 7 days a week, 8 am to 8 pm
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

505-438-5600