There are currently a number of active wildfires in New Mexico, including the Cooks Peak fire and the Calf Canyon fire. Here’s the latest information on the New Mexico fires and evacuations as of April 22, 2022. Read on for more details.
Fire maps of New Mexico
A full range of fire maps – including interactive wildfire maps – are available to help you pinpoint where the latest wildfires are. Keep in mind that conditions can change quickly when you are near a fire. So keep an eye out for breaking news in your local news sources.
MappingSupport.com provides an interactive map showing the perimeters of two major New Mexico fires, the Calf Canyon Fire and the Cooks Peak Fire
You can view the MappingSupport interactive map here.
Another map of the state is available here on FireWeatherAvalanche.org.
Inciweb also has a map of the New Mexico fires here. A screenshot of the fires at the time this article was published is below.
Another good resource for tracking New Mexico fires is New Mexico Fire Information. This website provides information about current fires. They also have a Facebook page here.
A list of the largest individual fires and their containment percentages are below.
Calf Canyon Fire & Hermit’s Peak Fire
According to Inciweb, the cause of the Calf Canyon Fire is under investigation. At 1:12 p.m. Central on April 22, the fire was still 0% contained and 3,000 acres in size. The fire is 18 miles northwest of Las Vegas and winds have helped the fire grow larger. We are combining this listing with the Hermits Peak Fire listing as they are so close together.
Inciweb noted on April 22: “The National Weather Service has issued an extreme weather warning. The public is encouraged to remain alert to evacuation status through the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office and be ready to move quickly. Due to extremely high winds, power lines and trees can block the exit in many areas. Roads are likely to be clogged with traffic leaving the area and smoke will make visibility difficult. Be extremely careful on the roads.”
The Hermits Peak fire as of 12 p.m. Central on April 22 covered 7,573 acres and was 91% contained, Inciweb reported. This is about 12 miles northwest of Las Vegas. An extreme weather warning today gives both wildfires a chance to grow.
Evacuation Updates: Inciweb recommends following the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Facebook page for the latest information on the evacuation. This page also shares updates from the US Forest Service-Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page.
The hotline for this and the Hermits Peak fire is: 505-356-2636, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Cook’s Peak Fire
The Cooks Peak fire is 21,200 acres in size around 1:30 p.m. Central on April 22, according to Inciweb.
Strong winds could spread fire.
Inciweb noted: “Extreme fire behavior with spotting and group tree flares was observed at the Cooks Peak Fire Thursday and winds are expected to pick up on Friday, allowing the fire to grow rapidly in multiple directions. Air tankers and helicopters are available and were deployed to support ground firefighting Thursday, but winds may affect their ability to fly on Friday. Additional firefighters and equipment will be ordered.”
Smoke from the fire is expected to impact surrounding communities, Inciweb noted, including “Ocate, Rayado, Philmont Scout Ranch Headquarters, Cimarron and surrounding communities in Mora and Colfax counties.”
The cause is being investigated.
Inciweb recommends signing up for evacuation updates on the Colfax County website here. You can sign up for emergency notifications here.
The Colfax County Rapid Response Facebook page is also sharing updates. This is a voluntary firefighting community.
At 8 a.m. on April 22, Inciweb noted the following evacuations:
“Mora and Colfax counties have announced an updated evacuation status for the following communities: Colfax County – GO – Sweetwater, Rayado and Sunnyside – Evacuate Now! SET -Miami, Philmont Scout Ranch to HQ and Cimarron. Colfax County residents should sign up for Code Red now. This system notifies residents of the evacuation status.”
Mora County – GO: East of County Road 009 and north of NM Highway 120. Ready: West of County Road 009 and north of Highway 120. These changes have occurred due to overnight fire movement and forecast weather and extreme fire behavior expected today. Residents may evacuate livestock to the Colfax County Fairgrounds. Memorial Middle School in Las Vegas, Wagon Mound Public Schools and Mora Schools are available to evacuees.
The Mora and Colfax County Sheriff’s Offices use the Ready! Sentence! Go! Evacuation status program that provides evacuation and evacuation preparation information: Ready!: Be Ready! for possible evacuations. Set!: Sit down! evacuate immediately Go!: Evacuate now. go immediately The Cooks Peak Fire moves fast and is driven by strong winds. Evacuation status can change quickly and there may not be enough time to prepare for evacuation.
According to New Mexico Fire Information, the James Fire was held at 0.59 acres at 1:37 p.m. on April 22. (However, this figure was later estimated at two acres.) Firefighters have kept pace with the development of point fires from winds.
They provided the following Google Maps location to show approximately where the fire broke out on private property west of 16 Springs Road. Containment is 0%.
The website noted that evacuations have been set up for “residents in the 16 Springs area off Highway 82 between Mile Markers 22-25.”
The McBride Fire covers 6,159 acres and was 89% contained as of April 22, Inciweb found.
Inciweb announced on April 22: “Today is an extremely critical fire weather day. Red flag warnings apply. Lincoln County, the Village of Ruidoso, Otero County and the Lincoln National Forest are ALL subject to fire restrictions or bans. Please do not burn debris, weld or bonfire on red flag warning days… Minimal fire activity was observed over the fire while crews continued to patrol and monitor the fire. A backhoe was deployed along with ground crews to aid in suppression repair work in the Eagle Creek area. Small clusters of smoldering debris will continue to generate smoke for days and weeks to come. This is very common after a fire. As the fire continues to release resources, if a new fire breaks out, a group remains available for the first attack.”
Facebook also has a page for this fire with updates here.
Nogal Canyon Fire
This fire is 412 acres and 84% contained as of April 22, Inciweb reported. It began on April 12 and burned down six apartment buildings and eight outbuildings. It was about 12 miles west of Capitan, New Mexico. Evacuations are now lifted. The cause was a power failure.
The Overflow Fire is 100% contained as of April 13 and covers 1,900 acres. It is still listed as active on Inciweb.
As of 11:45 am on April 22, the Simona Fire covers 165 acres and is 25% contained, according to New Mexico Fire Information. It is located in the region of Valencia, near Jarales. The fire is being closely watched due to high winds in the region.
The Fire Department of the Region of Valencia also provides updates on Facebook. The cause is being investigated, the fire is burning on private property. Two natural gas lines and a telecommunications line are threatened, but no homes are currently threatened. As of 11:45 a.m. there are no evacuations
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