| Cooks Peak Fire Update Monday May 9, 2022NM Fire Info

Email: [email protected]

Telephone line: 505-357-0683; Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fire Update: A red flag warning is expected until 9pm today due to dry weather and high winds. Forecasts call for sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. Another red flag warning is scheduled for tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Containment was maintained at 97% throughout the weekend’s high winds and warming temperatures. Throughout the fire, smoke may be visible as combustibles continue to be consumed. Crews are clearing the perimeter and working the unsecured line of fire along the northwest edge and diminishing heat pockets to the southeast. As the removal repair continues, resource specialists are evaluating completed work and additional remedial measures needed. A response resource group will continue to support local resources for any fresh start that may occur near the fire.

If you have any questions regarding the operation of the Philmont Scout Ranch, please contact the ranch directly at 575-376-2281. The National Scout Museum and the Time Traders Tooth are open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Acres: 59,359 acres Containment: 97% Cause: Human, under investigation Start date: Sunday, April 17, 2022 Fuels: ponderosa pine, oak brush and grass

Location: North of Ocate NM, about 46 miles north of Las Vegas, NM

Fire prevention: With historic levels of fire danger, wildfire prevention is critical. Be prepared for your outdoor activities and always have a fire extinguisher and shovel in your vehicle.

Fire Restrictions: The New Mexico State Forester has implemented statewide fire restrictions. Smoking, fireworks, campfires, open fires and open fires are prohibited. For more information, see https://www.emnrd.nm.gov/sfd/forestry-news/ The Bureau of Land Management, Farmington District also has fire restrictions in place. Campfires, smoking, fireworks, and certain equipment use, including off-road vehicle use, are prohibited. Visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/new-mexico/fire-restrictions for details.

Mora County residents who were previously in the Cooks Peak Fire evacuation footprint can now be under the Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak evacuation status. Mora County residents should refer to the Mora County Sheriff https://www.facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice and Calf Canyon/Hermit’s Peak Fire Information https://www.facebook.com/santafeNF for the status of most recent evacuation.

The Mora County and Colfax Sheriff’s Offices use the Ready! Adjust! To go! evacuation status program that provides information on evacuation and evacuation preparation.

More information:

Inciweb: Cooks Peak: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8066/

Inciweb: Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak: https://inciweb.nwcg/incident/8069

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CooksPeakFireInfo/

New Mexico Fire Information: https://nmfireinfo.com/

Smoke Outlook: https://outlooks.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlook/b335b9f4

Evacuations: https://www.facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice/

Colfax County: http://www.co.colfax.nm.us/government/sheriff_s_department.php

Unburned trees in the footprint of the fire.

Carol N. Valencia