| Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak Fires Update April 30NM Fire Info

April 30, 2022, daily update, 09:00

Acres: 97,064 acres Containment: 32% Start date: April 19, 2022
Cause: Under investigation Total workforce : 1,020 Location: Located near the Gallinas Canyon Fuels: Mixed conifer

Strong points: High winds in the area caused the fire to spread rapidly east toward Las Vegas and south through Gallinas Canyon yesterday. The wind-driven race exceeded predicted spread rates, causing numerous changes in the status of evacuation and road closures. This dynamic situation will continue today, please watch for updates. Obey all closures and allow firefighting resources to work safely. Firefighters and public safety will continue to be the number one priority.

Operations: The fire made a significant push eastward during yesterday’s wind event. Exceeding predictive models, the rate of spread on the southern edge of the fire forced firefighters to retreat to defensible point protection around structures and other at-risk assets. The rapid spread of the fire led to rapidly changing evacuation levels and road closures. There is no red flag warning in effect for today, but temperatures and relative humidity will still make for a very active fire day, along with south/southeast winds, moving the fire to the north/northwest. Two new operational divisions have been established on the eastern and southeastern edges of the blaze, and firefighting resources have been reallocated to divisions where the greatest threat to homes and other values ​​exists, in the purpose of containing the fire west of NM Highway 518 and keeping it out of Ledoux in the north. A focus on protecting structures and reinforcing defensible lines will be the focus of today’s operational period. Four scooper aircraft and eight helicopters will conduct aerial operations on the fire as long as weather permits. Two additional scooper planes will be added to the aerial assault later today. Remember that drones are still prohibited in the temporary flight restriction zone, indicated on the map. If drones enter the flight zone, firefighting planes are grounded.

Evacuations: San Miguel and Mora County Sheriffs are asking all residents in the fire area to remain on high alert for changes in evacuation statuses and road closures. It is imperative to respect the closures and follow the evacuation orders. Failure to do so may pose an additional risk to firefighters and the public Please follow the San Miguel County and Mora County Sheriff’s Facebook pages for the latest updates at https://www.facebook.com/smcso.nm and https://www.facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice.

Weather: South to southwest winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph are expected this afternoon, pushing the fire to the north/northwest. Higher temperatures and lower relative humidity will increase fire activity in the region. There is another red flag warning in place tomorrow, May 1.

Restrictions: The Santa Fe National Forest issued a closure order and implemented Phase II fire restrictions to protect public health and safety during fire operations at the Calf Canyon Fire. The full closing order and map are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/santafe/home. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in place over the area has been extended to include the Gallinas Canyon area. The TFR also covers unmanned aircraft, or drones. If a private drone intrudes into the fire area, it will necessitate a pause in all aerial operations and impede firefighting progress, putting firefighters at greater risk.

Smoke: The Las Vegas area will see (USG) persistent smoky conditions in the morning, especially in low-lying areas. Changing to moderate conditions as south-southwesterly winds of 10-15 mph clear the area. Passage to the west-southwest in the afternoon. This will produce more smoke in the area late in the evening as the winds push the smoke up the valley. Mora will have (USG) smoke in the area changing to moderate at times. The area from East Mora to La Cueva will see (USG) smoke at certain times of the day. Fire activity around Rociada, Pendaries, Buena Vista and Sapello today will create unhealthy air quality conditions as fire activity and winds increase. An interactive smoke map to https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.

Information on future fires: The hours of operation of the Calf Canyon Fire and Hermit Peak Fire Information Office are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The telephone number for fire information is 505-356-2636. The email address is 2022.calfcanyon@firenet.gov. Future fire information will continue to be posted on Inciwebthe SFNFFacebook and Twitter, SFNF websiteand the New Mexico Fire Information website.

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