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Fire crews continue to make progress for Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak Fire

KOAT Albuquerque logo KOAT Albuquerque 4/28/2022
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The Hermits Peak Fire started near Las Vegas, New Mexico, and combined with the nearby Calf Canyon Fire, it has quickly burned through tens of thousands of acres of the Santa Fe National Forest.

Hundreds of fire crews and multiple airplanes have helped contain 20% of the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires.

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The incident management commander says people should still stay cautious.

“Right now, we are up against a thunderstorm and those are the dry thunderstorms so they are going to come with the winds and the lightning but they aren't going to come with the rain,” said the incident management commander, Carl Schwope.

With incoming weather over the weekend, efforts are focused on the west side of the fire.


Video: Calf Canyon Fire update (KOAT Albuquerque)

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Schwope said, “When we get into the more steeper rugged country, in this area say South of Ledoux all the way down where Calf Canyon started it's all what we call hand crews country you just have to hike in there and physically do the work. It just takes a lot longer.”

More than 900 people have been working around almost 200 miles of perimeter. The crews have never seen a fire this big-this early into springtime.

“No one in this incident can remember a fire this size in the timber in April. We've had fires in May and June this size but never in April,” Schwope said.

They say the fire fight is still not over.

Schwope said, "It may be monsoons, it may be snow, in the Fall before it is out."

They are asking people in the area of the fires to stay vigilant to changing evacuations and weather conditions.

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