| Southwest IMT 3 Team Takes Command of Calf Canyon FireNM Fire Info

August 8, 2022 – Calf Canyon Fire Update

Acres: 341,735| Containment: 98% | Total workforce : 395|Start date: Hermit Peak: April 6, 2022; Calf Canyon: April 19, 2022 | Cause: Hermits Peak: spotting prescribed burning fires; Calf Canyon: Residual fire from a prescribed pile burn | Location: 12 miles northwest of Las Vegas, New Mexico | Fuels: Heavy mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, brush and grass

Strong points: Southwest Incident Management Team 3 led by Lance Elmore assumed command of the Calf Canyon Fire on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

Operations: Flash flood warnings continue to be issued daily as thunderstorms produce heavy rain over the fire area. Wet floors will hamper repair operations and cause additional damage. The crews and equipment used continuously assess ground conditions to minimize damage and, if necessary, work in other locations where ground conditions are more favorable or in areas with reduced flood potential. Team 3 is focused on assessing suppression repair needs and implementing repair work, but the safety of firefighters, incident support personnel and the public is our number one priority.

Closures and restrictions: Closures continue to be assessed, with public and firefighter safety the primary concern. Monsoon weather conditions and the completion of suppression repair activities play a role in the decision to lift the closure orders. Stay informed of changing conditions by accessing https://nmfireinfo.com/fire-restrictions/ or the respective forest websites listed below.

Time: Clear morning skies yesterday allowed the onset of highland storms in the late morning and early afternoon. The storms favored the high ground, remaining stationary before increasing coverage to the east. High temperatures reached near normal while the prevailing winds were mainly from the south. The high will reform over the Four Corners today and a backdoor front will dip into the northeast plains. This will help to inspire scattered thunderstorms over the scorching are in the afternoon.

Fire Flood and recovery resources: 2022 Wildfires Hotline: https://www.nmdhsem.org/2022-wildfires/| Following the Wildfire guide to New Mexico: https://www.afterwildfirenm.org/ | Emergency response to areas burned by the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8104/

For any questions or concerns regarding flooding, please call New Mexico State Emergency Operations Center at 1-800-432-2080. For a federal disaster with fire or flood damage to your primary residence, please call FEMA Hotline at 1-800-621-3362.

Private Land Abolition Reparation Inquiry (English and Spanish): https://www.tinyurl.com/suppressionrepair. Call 720-417-8048 for English support or 505-398-3889 for Spanish support.

Information about the fire: Office hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Phone: 505-356-2636| Email: 2022.hermitspeak@firenet.gov

Online fire information resources: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8069/ | https://www.facebook.com/santafeNF/| nmfireinfo.com |Santa Fe National Forest Twitter | tinyurl.com/HermitsYouTube | Santa Fe National Forest | Carson National Forest

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Edward K. Thompson