| Cooks Peak Fire Update Wednesday, May 11, 2022NM Fire Info

Fire Update: A red flag warning is expected today until 9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Afternoon winds are expected to be 20-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. On Thursday, humidity is expected to be in the single digits and winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts of around 40 mph. Despite strong winds and dry conditions, Cooks Peak Fire held at 97% containment and 59,359 acres. Interior pockets of fuel may continue to burn and smoke may be visible, but the fire is not actively spreading. Crews will patrol and clean up along existing fire lines and closely watch and hold all lines as strong winds can carry hot embers through. In addition, teams will continue work to repair the deletion.

Resource specialists continue to assess completed work and identify additional rehabilitation needs. A response resource group will continue to support local resources for any fresh start that may occur near the fire. There are 83 people assigned to the incident. Most resources have been demobilized or reassigned to other fires.

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.

Telephone line: 505-357-0683;
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Acres: 59,359 acres
Containment: 97%
Cause: Human, under investigation
Email: [email protected]
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 the use of off-road vehicles, are restricted. 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. Residents of Mora County 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:

NM Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: https://www.nmdhsem.org/

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

Mora County: https://www.facebook.com/moracountysheriffoffice/

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

Carol N. Valencia