Firefighting resources are working in coordination with local county emergency management to be prepared to respond to heightened flood and debris flow danger in fire scarred areas. Officials are encouraging residents to utilize their county’s emergency flood evacuation warning system and interactive map to stay alert in this dynamic environment. The interactive flood risk map is available at www.tinyurl.com/calfcanyonfloodmap. Sandbags are being made daily and are available to residents in each county. To locate sandbags in your area, contact your county law enforcement. The next community update will be livestreamed via Facebook this Friday, August 24, at 6pm.
North Zone (SWIMT1): With the increase of monsoonal activity, firefighters have been strategically staged around the North Zone ready to respond to increased fire activity as well as any flooding or debris flows. Rapid response teams are staged in Taos, Mora, and Angel Fire. Fire behavior is creeping and smoldering in heavy timber along the western edge. This activity will continue for some time and will produce visible smoke when temperatures rise and there is a reduction in moisture in these areas. Forest System Roads that were planned for use as contingency fire lines continue to be repaired and reinforced. Southwest Incident Management Team 1 will transition command of the North Zone to Southwest Incident Management Team 3 tomorrow at 7 a.m.
South Zone (SWIMT5): Yesterday, widespread showers kept fire behavior at a minimum. Large logs and dead standing trees will continue to smolder. Fuel moistures are high and expected to continue to rise as the forecast predicts showers and thunderstorms through the week. Today, crews may continue suppression repair work and move heavy equipment if weather permits. Due to the risk of flood events, crews will work in the safest areas and monitor conditions.
Evacuations: For updated evacuation information from the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires:www.tinyurl.com/hermitspeak. The Ready, Set, Go evacuation guide is available in English and Spanish here: https://tinyurl.com/RSGNM For disaster assistance resources, visit: https://www.nmdhsem.org/2022-wildfires/
Weather: Showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue off and on through the morning with an additional one-half to one inch of precipitation expected. Locally higher amounts are possible at higher elevations. Temperatures will trend up a few degrees from yesterday with minimum humidity values approximately 10% lower as somewhat drier air begins to move in by the afternoon.
Closures and Restrictions: All National Forests in New Mexico have closures or restrictions in place due to extreme fire danger. To learn more about these closures and restrictions, visit: https://tinyurl.com/bdy5y99r. Information related to fire restrictions across public and private land can be found at: https://nmfireinfo.com/fire-restrictions/.
After Fire Flooding and Recovery Resources:After Wildfire New Mexico guide: https://www.afterwildfirenm.org/ | Hermits Peak & Calf Canyon Fire Burned Area Emergency Response information https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8104/.
Suppression Repair Property Survey: https://www.tinyurl.com/suppressionrepair
Smoke: An interactive smoke map at fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.
Fire Information: Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM | Phone: 505-356-2636 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org