| Cerro Pelado Fire UpdateNew NM Fire Info (2022)

Monday, May 2, 2022

(Video) Cerro Pelado fire info update (1): 13.43 from fires edge to central los alamos NM 5,485 acres burned

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COMMUNITY MEETINGS: A public meeting about the Cerro Pelado Fire will be held today from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM. Members of the South Zone Red Team and agency representatives will discuss and answer questions about current progress and planned activities on the fire. The meeting will be available via zoom at the following link: https://www.losalamosnm.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=6435810&pageId=18517194. No password is required to join.

There will be a virtual meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. You can join the meeting on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/1mTocL75l

Cerro Pelado fire: The Cerro Pelado Fire, 11 km east of Jemez Springs, New Mexico, began Friday, April 22 during an epic wind event. The cause of the fire is under investigation. It burns in ponderosa pine and mixed evergreens and brush. The eastern portion of the fire burns within the fire footprint of the 2011 Las Conchas Fire. The current fire footprint includes forest units that have previously been treated to reduce fire risk. Three houses were destroyed in the fire.

(Video) On the fire line of the Cerro Pelado Fire

Area: 22,314 acres Containment: 10% The decrease in containment is due to the growth of the fire.

Staff and equipment: 466 employees in total; 25 engines, 1 type 1 manual crew, 8 type 2 manual crew, 2 type 2 initial attack crew, 3 helicopters, 8 bulldozers, 2 ambulances, 1 rapid medical extraction unit and 9 water tenders.

Yesterday: Due to increased fire activity, firefighters worked along Highway 4 on the northwest side of the blaze looking northeast near Cox Ranch. Highway 4 was closed from milepost 27 to milepost 59 due to fire and firefighter activity and equipment to keep fires south of Highway 4. The fire broke through the primary containment line along Forest Road (FR) 268 near Rabbit Mountain, south of Hwy 4. Firefighters improved the fire line along FR 289 for containment on the east side of the fire . Firefighters completed the firing operation with aerial ignition on the southwest side of the fire near Peralta Ridge to keep fire intensity low near the old growth timber. Two scooper planes arrived to help the firefighters. Firefighters continued to clean up and patrol the northwest side of the fire, at the southwest corner and east of Paliza Canyon. Containment increased in the southwest corner of the fire along FR 270. Coordination between the response team and Jemez Pueblo and Cochiti Pueblo was crucial in identifying firefighting strategies if the fire is moving south. A well-attended public meeting was held at the Cochiti Lake Fire Hall. More than 300 people took part.

The Freelove Fire has been returned to the local jurisdiction of the Valles Caldera National Reserve.

(Video) Sky News 13 flies over Cerro Pelado Fire - April 25, 2022

Today: Firefighters will be working along the perimeter of the fire today along Highway 4 to the north, FR 266 to the west, FR 270 to the south and FR 289 to the east to improve fire lines. At the northeast corner of the fire, firefighters will connect fire lines on Forest Road (FR) 289 and Forest Road (FR) 270. Super scooper planes can draw water from Lake Cochiti to help fight the fire. On the north side of the fire, firefighters will improve fire lines along Highway 4 near Cox Ranch. Protection of structures will also continue in this area. Flight operations will resume at 9 a.m.

Weather and fire behavior: Temperatures will be in the 60s today. Winds from the west will be 20 to 25 mph. Fire is expected to move east and north with increased activity where wind and combustibles align. On the north side of the fire, south of Highway 4, the fire will back up toward the highway. On the southeast side of the fire, heavy pockets of unburned fuel may be actively burning, especially in tight areas of conifers. Fire activity will decrease as the fire reaches the rock lavas above Cochiti Pueblo, but will continue to move through the mixed conifers at the bottom of the canyon. Westerly winds may continue to move the fire east toward Los Alamos National Laboratory. If the fire crosses Highway 4, fire activity will increase in the Valles Caldera due to heavy grass. Large stumps and logs will continue to burn.

Evacuations, Shelter Areas: The communities of Cochiti Mesa and the Peralta Canyon area, including Cox Ranch, remain under “Go” evacuation status. The Sandoval County Fire Department and Emergency Management will provide updated evacuation information as needed. Evacuations for the Sierra de Los Pinos remain in “Set” mode, which means being ready to leave at all times. If conditions change and fire threatens the community again, these areas could revert to “Go”.

Air quality: Air quality information can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s Environmental Public Health Tracking, https://nmtracking.org./fire. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ lets you zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.

(Video) Cerro Pelado Fire burning 50+ acres, 0% contained

Closures: Highway 4 is closed from mile post 47, 14 miles east of Sierra De los Pinos, to mile post 50, 14 miles west of White Rock, to all traffic due to the fire activity. Highway 4 is also closed to non-local traffic at Mile 35 (2 miles east of Sierra De los Pinos). Motorists should drive slowly along the highway with headlights on. Fire equipment and firefighters will drive along Highway 4 and access fires, especially at intersections with FR 10 and FR 280. If heavy traffic impedes firefighting efforts and endangers the firefighter safety. The most up-to-date information on road closures can be found here: https://www.nmroads.com/mapIndex.html

The Santa Fe National Forest has issued an order to close the Cerro Pelado Fire Camp. The camp is along the FR 376. Closing decree n° 10-507. The purpose of this order is to protect public health and safety due to extreme fire danger in the restricted area. This order will take effect on May 1, 2022 at 6:00 a.m. and will remain in effect until December 31, 2022 or until revoked.

Bandelier National Monument was closed due to a fire. Valles Caldera National Reserve remains closed until further notice.

The Santa Fe National Forest has issued a closure order limiting public access to the area around the fire. Specifically, all Forest Service lands within an area roughly defined by NM Highway 4 to the west, Valles Caldera National Preserve to the north, Bandelier National Monument to the east, and Zia Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo to the south are closed to the public. Order number 10-506. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/santafe/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprd3802009

(Video) Sky News 13 flies over Cerro Pelado Fire, May 5, 2022

Fire Restrictions: Level II fire restrictions are in effect for the Santa Fe National Forest, which prohibits the construction, maintenance, attendance or use of any fire, campfire or stove, including charcoal and briquettes. Smoking is also prohibited except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a landscaped recreation site, or stationary in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable materials. For other activities prohibited under Level II fire restrictions, see https://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/. Additionally, due to ongoing fire threats, Sandoval County will not be issuing burn permits.

Temporary flight restriction: There is a flight restriction on the area above the fire (10 nautical miles southwest of Los Alamos, NOTAM 2/2366). https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_2_6919.html. Drones over fire are also prohibited.


What caused Cerro Pelado Fire? ›

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The wildfire started on April 22, 2022, during extreme fire weather conditions. As of 15 June 2022, the Cerro Pelado Fire has burned 45,605 acres (18,456 ha) and is 100% contained.
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What caused the fire in New Mexico? ›

Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Federal investigators previously determined that the New Mexico fire, which is still burning, was caused by two government-sanctioned blazes that merged after becoming respectively unmanageable.

How much of the New Mexico fire is contained? ›

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than four grueling months and $300 million later, the federal government has declared the largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history 100% contained, a notable milestone but just another step in what local residents and officials say will be a long journey toward recovery.

Where are the fires in New Mexico May 2022? ›

Area 1: Parts of Catron and Sierra Counties, including Beaverhead and Poverty Creek. Area 3: Areas in Sierra County, including Winston and Chloride. Area 6: The area west of Forest Road 150 in Grant County. Area 7: The area west of Forest Road 150, including the Rocky Canyon Campground.

How big is the Cerro Pelado Fire? ›

The bright red dots represent heat detected by a satellite at 3:49 a.m. MDT May 20, 2022. The 45,605-acre Cerro Pelado Fire six miles southwest of Los Alamos has been relatively quiet for several days.

How far is the Cerro Pelado Fire from Los Alamos? ›

The Cerro Pelado fire in the Jemez Mountains is currently 29,368 acres, approximately 5 miles from Los Alamos National Laboratory's southwestern corner and 10 miles from Los Alamos townsite (see map here).

What is the largest fire in NM history? ›

The Whitewater-Baldy Fire Complex on the Gila National Forest, which is now the largest fire in recorded history in New Mexico, began as two separate lightning-caused fires in the Gila Wilderness. The Baldy Fire started on May 9th in a rugged, inaccessible area of the wilderness.

How big is the New Mexico wildfire? ›

Fueled by abnormally dry, warm conditions and spread by strong winds, wildfires have burned more than 600,000 acres across New Mexico this spring — making it one of the worst fire years in the state's recorded history.

Did the Forest Service start the fire in New Mexico? ›

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. Forest Service employees made multiple miscalculations, used inaccurate models and underestimated how dry conditions were in the Southwest, causing a planned burn to reduce the threat of wildfires to explode into the largest blaze in New Mexico's recorded history, the agency said Tuesday.

What is the largest forest fire in U.S. history? ›

In the summer of 1910, the largest fire in American history raged in the Northern Rockies.

How far is New Mexico fire from Santa Fe? ›

91 miles / 146 km

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How far is Taos New Mexico from fire? ›

Crews were most concerned on Tuesday night about risk of the huge fire east of Santa Fe spread farther north toward rural towns and mountain resort communities closer to Taos – about 20 miles (32km) from its current northern edge.

Is the fire in New Mexico under control? ›

It was supposed to be a controlled burn, but a New Mexico fire got out of control : NPR. It was supposed to be a controlled burn, but a New Mexico fire got out of control The biggest wildfire ever recorded in New Mexico is all but contained now, and residents are assessing the damage and challenges to recover.

How big is the Black Fire in New Mexico? ›

With a total fire perimeter of approximately 329 miles, firefighters would have to carefully inspect and feel for heat (with a bare hand) the fire perimeter to add to the overall containment.

Where is the Calf Canyon Fire in New Mexico? ›

Afterwards, the two fires were referred to and managed as a single incident, or fire complex. The fire burns near Highway 518 in New Mexico on April 29, 2022.

When did Cerro Pelado Fire start? ›

Cerro Pelado Fire: The Cerro Pelado Fire, 7 miles east of Jemez Springs, New Mexico, started on Friday, April 22, during an epic wind event. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Is Los Alamos NM evacuating? ›

There are NO EVACUATIONS in Los Alamos County at this time.

Where is the midnight fire in New Mexico? ›

Incident Overview. The Midnight Fire began June 9, approximately eight miles northeast of El Rito (Rio Arriba County), New Mexico, on the El Rito Ranger District of the Carson National Forest. The fire was caused by lightning from a passing storm.

How much of the Cerro Pelado fire is contained? ›

Acreage: 22,314 acres Containment: 10 % The decrease in containment is due to growth of the fire.

Is Los Alamos open to the public? ›

Los Alamos Sites

Visitors must be on a Manhattan Project NHP tour offered by Los Alamos National Lab to visit these historic buildings. These tours are only offered three times a year. Reservations are required.

When was the big fire in Los Alamos? ›

2000. Examination of the home destruction in Los Alamos associated with the Cerro Grande Fire - July 10, 2000.

How many fires does New Mexico have in 2022? ›

As of 24 June 2022, 899,453 acres (363,996 ha) had burned across the state, including 31 fires greater than 100 acres.
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When did New Mexico fires start in 2022? ›

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires July 6, 2022, Update.

What is Black Fire? ›

The Black Fire is a massive, active wildfire burning in the northern Black Range in Sierra County, Catron County, and Grant County, Northeast of Silver City, in the state of New Mexico in the United States as part of the 2022 New Mexico wildfire season. Black Fire.

What is the largest wildfire in history? ›

The Chinchaga Fire started in logging slash in British Columbia, Canada, on 1 June 1950 that grew out of control and ended five months later on 31 October in Alberta; in that time, it burned approximately 1.2 million hectares (3 million acres) of boreal forest.

Where was the biggest fire? ›

1. 2003 Siberian Taiga Fires (Russia) – 55 Million Acres. In 2003 – during one of the hottest summers Europe experienced up to that point – a series of extremely devastating blazes in the taiga forests of Eastern Siberia destroyed over 55 million acres (22 million hectares) of land.

How big was the Whitewater Baldy Fire in New Mexico? ›

The Whitewater-Baldy Fire was discovered on May 16, 2012. By June 12, 2012, it had burned a total of 278,708 acres (1,128 square kilometers), making it the largest wildfire on record in New Mexico.

Is Calf Canyon Fire still burning? ›

Highlights: Today fire managers on the Calf Canyon Fire announced that it is 100% contained.

Are there forests in New Mexico? ›

BLM New Mexico Forests and Woodlands

BLM-New Mexico's forestry program manages two million acres of forests and woodlands ranging from mixed conifer and aspen in the southern Rocky Mountains near Taos to ponderosa pine in western NM, to oak and juniper savannahs along the border with Mexico.

Why do we need fire? ›

Fire kills diseases and insects that prey on trees and provides valuable nutrients that enrich the soil. More trees die each year from insect infestation and disease than from fire.

When did Cerro Pelado fire start? ›

Cerro Pelado Fire: The Cerro Pelado Fire, 7 miles east of Jemez Springs, New Mexico, started on Friday, April 22, during an epic wind event. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

When was the Los Alamos fire? ›

May 10, 2000, was the day the wind-driven Cerro Grande Fire roared into Los Alamos, destroying 235 homes and displacing more than 400 people.

How big is the Hermit Peak fire? ›

The fire burns near Highway 518 in New Mexico on April 29, 2022. The Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire burned 341,471 acres (138,188 hectares), first igniting on April 6, growing until June 24, and not being declared 100% contained until August 21st.

What is a red flag fire warning? ›

A Red Flag Warning means warm temperatures, very low humidities, and stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger. -If you are allowed to burn in your area, all burn barrels must be covered with a weighted metal cover, with holes no larger than 3/4 of an inch.

When did New Mexico fires start 2022? ›

Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires July 6, 2022, Update.

Is Los Alamos NM evacuating? ›

There are NO EVACUATIONS in Los Alamos County at this time.

How close is the fire in New Mexico to Santa Fe? ›

The disaster zone includes Mora and San Miguel counties — about 60 miles east of Santa Fe — where the Calf Canyon fire erupted in April. The blaze has since grown to 165,276 acres, New Mexico's second-largest fire on record. The Calf Canyon fire is also the largest fire so far this year in the United States.

What was the largest fire in NM history? ›

The Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire is the largest fire in New Mexico history, with over 318,000 acres burned, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Thursday morning. The Black Fire is now the second-largest fire in New Mexico history, with 298,440 acres burned, according to the group.

How many houses burned at Los Alamos fire? ›

In all, more than 20,000 people were evacuated from their homes and more than 200 houses were destroyed as the flames consumed about 48,000 acres in and around the Los Alamos area.

What is the largest forest fire in US history? ›

In the summer of 1910, the largest fire in American history raged in the Northern Rockies.

Who caused Hermits Peak Fire? ›

That fire burned over 297,000 acres and was caused by lightning. Since the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire became the largest in state history, the Black Fire has become the second largest. The Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire has grown to burn more than 310,000 acres and has become the largest wildfire in state history.

What's the status of the Hermits Peak Fire? ›

Highlights: The Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires are no longer split into two zones and are now being managed as one fire by Great Basin Incident Management Team 7 under Incident Commander Mike Johnston.

How much of the Hermits Peak Fire is contained? ›

SANTA FE, N.M. — Nearly five months after the start of New Mexico's largest wildfire, officials announced Monday the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire is fully contained. That's the first three determinations – contained, controlled and then out.

What is a blue flag warning? ›

A blue flag means dangerous marine life, such as jellyfish, sharks, fish or stingrays, have been spotted in the area. If a lifeguard sees an animal in the water or notices a rip current, that lifeguard can call a supervisor and change the flag to a red "No Swimming" flag, requiring swimmers to get out of the water.

Can I BBQ during a Red Flag Warning? ›

Don't use barbecues or fire-pits outdoors. Don't use any source of heat or open flame outdoors, including, cooking, using power tools (gas or electric), or mowers. Don't smoke outdoors. Avoid driving or parking in dry grass or vegetation.

What does a purple flag mean at the beach? ›

Purple flag means dangerous marine life spotted.


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