Map of the Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak fires. Courtesy/SFNF
Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4, led by Incident Commander Aaron Hulburd, took command of the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires at 7 a.m. Monday, July 11 .
Southwest Team 4 will continue the full suppression strategy implemented by Great Basin Incident Management Team 7, with a focus on suppression remediation activities.
- Acres: 341,735;
- Containment: 93%;
- Total workforce : 308
- Start date: Hermit Peak: April 6; Calf Canyon: April 19;
- Cause: Hermits Peak: spotting prescribed burning fires; Calf Canyon: Residual fire from prescribed pile burning;
- Location: 12 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NM; and
- Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush and grass.
Operations: Although rain intermittently slowed the progress of suppressive repairs, firefighters successfully completed scheduled repairs along Forest Road 5 from Mile Post 16 to Pot Creek. In this area, firefighters are cleaning and repairing culverts to improve road conditions in the future when cut logs are hauled out of the fire area. Firefighters help identify repair needs on private land, working with landowners to assess and address outstanding work. As crews finish grading and road repairs in Ledoux, other firefighters mulch cut vegetation and repair fences in Christmas Canyon. Afternoon rain and hail forced crews to temporarily disengage from the Hamilton Mesa Trail, with work resuming after the storm passed. Firefighters continue to survey and assess the fire area to locate suppression lines that have not yet been recorded. Repair of the suppression on private lands in the Highway 518 and 434 corridors is expected to take approximately two weeks. Additional excavators have been ordered to repair the lines around the Iron Gate trailhead and the Grass Mountain area.
Closures and restrictions: Area closures remain in effect for the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests. These closures are in place for ongoing wildfire repair operations and to protect public health and safety in the event of debris flows and flash flooding. Forest fire suppression repair operations include, but are not limited to, the felling of dangerous trees, the repair and stabilization of roads, the operation of heavy equipment, and line repair efforts. fire. For the latest information on the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fire closure orders for the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests, please see the links to each forest’s website below. Information relating to fire restrictions on public and private lands can be found here.
Time: Showers and thunderstorms will be possible throughout the day with the best chance in the afternoon and evening. These storms will move slowly and may contain heavy rain, which could lead to flash flooding. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will be possible throughout the weekend. Temperatures will remain close to seasonal norms.
After Fire, Flood, and Recovery Resources:
Investigation of removal repair properties
Information about the fire:
Online fire information resources:
NOTE: *As of July 16, the Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak Fire Facebook page will no longer be monitored. Refer to the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page for future updates.