| Increased containment on the Hermits Peak FireNM Fire Info

April 16, 2022 Daily Update

Acres: 7,371 acres Start date: April 6, 2022
Cause: Several spot fires have spread beyond the boundaries of the prescribed burning project
Containment: 46%
Total workforce : 527
Location: Approximately. 20 km NW of Las Vegas, New Mexico, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District, Hermits Peak/Pecos Wilderness
Fuels: Mixed conifer

A A virtual community meeting was held last night at 8 p.m. on the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page. If you missed it, the video recording is available at https://www.facebook.com/santafeNF/

Strong points: Fire activity increased along the northern edge of the fire perimeter Friday and Saturday. It became the most active area on the fire and the focus of firefighting efforts. The team deployed a drone for blowback operations, which created a defensible space for firefighters to protect communities and mitigate extreme fire behavior. Fire activity around most of the perimeter remains low with increased activity along the northern edge. Firefighters have been patrolling this northern area to ensure the fire stays within the current footprint. Firefighters and public safety remain our number one priority. We are focused on suppressing the Hermits Peak fire as quickly and safely as possible and protecting nearby communities.

Operations: Firefighters continue to reinforce containment around the fire which increased to 46% yesterday and in the evening. Fire behavior has moderated, although there is still potential for increased activity today due to dry winds and dry fuels. As the winds moderate, firefighting aircraft are available and flying to support ground operations with water drops and reconnaissance flights.

Evacuations: The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office continues to lift multiple evacuation orders using the Ready, Set, Go! system. For more information and details on evacuation orders, please direct the public to the link above. San Ignacio, County Road A3A, Canoncito and Pendaries Village are still in GO, mandatory evacuation status.

Weather: A red flag warning remains in effect on the fire zone for the 8th consecutive day. Warmer temperatures are expected and winds should be sustained at 30-40 mph. Relative humidity will remain in the single digits, with very little recovery overnight.

Restrictions: The Santa Fe National Forest has issued a closure order to protect public health and safety during fire operations at the Hermits Peak Fire. The complete closure order and the plan are available on https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/santafe/home. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the area, which includes unmanned aircraft or drones. For more information on the dangers drones pose to wildfire-fighting aircraft and ground personnel, visit: www.nifc.gov/drones.

Smoke: Smoke from the Hermits Peak Fire may be visible from Gallinas, El Porvenir, San Pablo, Mineral Hill, San Geronimo, Gascon, Pendaries, Rociada, Mora, Ledoux, Las Vegas and along the I-25 corridor. People sensitive to smoke and people with respiratory problems or heart conditions are encouraged to take precautionary measures. 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: Hermits Peak Fire Information Office hours of operation (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.), phone number (505-663-6334), and email address ([email protected] ) will remain the same after the transition to the Type 1 Team. Future fire information will continue to be posted on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8049/the SFNFFacebook and Twitter, SFNF websiteand the New Mexico Fire Information website.

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