| Cooks Peak Daily Update – 5/2/2022NM Fire Info
Red flag warning again today
Acres: 59,065 acres
Location: North of Ocate NM, about 46 miles north of Las Vegas, NM
Start date: Sunday April 17, 2022
Cause: Human, under investigation
Fuels: ponderosa pine, oak brush and grass
Fire Update: Firefighters once again faced red flag conditions yesterday due to high winds and low humidity. Areas of heat persisted on the southwest slope of Gallinas Mesa and on the northwest side of the fire in heavy wood and uneven terrain. The heat also persisted south of Sweetwater where overhead fires were conducted on Saturday April 30, 2022. Crews held and secured lines in these areas, and continued clearing and extinguishing fires as needed.
Today, red flag warnings were once again issued due to high winds and very dry air. These warnings alert fire managers that conditions conducive to dangerous fire behavior and the growth of wildfires are expected. Due to red flag warnings, the Cooks Peak fire still has the potential for rapid growth. Firefighters will maintain, reinforce and secure lines where hot spots continue to threaten containment. Helicopters will assist with water drops when flying conditions are safe. Crews will continue to monitor and patrol secured fire lines, mopping up existing smoke sources. Suppression repair will continue around the perimeter of the fire where necessary.
Current evacuations for Mora and Colfax counties: There is no change in evacuation status due to the Cooks Peak Fire.
Colfax County Evacuation status for areas in TO GO: Philmont Scout Ranch Back Country West of State Road 21 in Colfax County; Areas in POSITION status includes Sweetwater, Rayado and Sunnyside; Areas in READY status includes residents of Miami and Philmont Scout Ranch Headquarters.
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 most recent evacuation status.
The Mora County and Colfax Sheriff’s Offices use the Ready! Adjust! To go! (https://www.emnrd.nm.gov/sfd/fire-prevention-programs/ready-set-go-new-mexico/) evacuation status program that provides information on evacuation and preparation for evacuation.
An evacuation center is based at Old Memorial Middle School, 947 Old National Rd, Las Vegas. The Colfax County Fairgrounds was closed.
Livestock: The Taos Rodeo Grounds is available to residents of Mora if they need a place for horses. Contact: Livestock Inspector Ruben Baca 505-770-1490.
Weather: Red flag conditions will recur today with sustained winds of 25-35 mph from the west to northwest, gusting to 45 mph. Temperatures will be in the 60s and relative humidity in the teens above the fire zone. A fire weather watch has been issued for Tuesday. Conditions will be warmer, drier and windier.
Motorway closures: New Mexico Route 120 remains closed from mile marker 26 3 miles west of Ocate due to fire activity and equipment entering the area to support firefighting efforts . Motorists are advised to delay their journey or seek alternative routes. State Road 21 from Polo Ranch to Cimarron is open to local traffic only and remains closed to through traffic. To visit https://nmroads.com/mapIndex.html for more information.
Smoke: Minimal smoke impacts are expected today due to wind direction. This will provide good air quality in Cimarron, Miami and Springer. Air quality in Wagon Mound will be moderate due to smoke from fires in the area. As the wind direction shifts to the south and southwest late in the day and Tuesday, moderate air quality due to smoke is expected. Residents are encouraged to stay informed of potential changes by visiting the interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov which allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions.
Air restrictions: There is a temporary flight restriction over Cooks Peak Fire. Firefighting aircraft cannot fly if this restriction is violated by any aircraft, including drones. This leaves firefighters on the ground without air support.
Fire Restrictions: The New Mexico State Forester has implemented statewide fire restrictions. Smoking, fireworks, open campfires 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. Fireworks, campfires, smoking and operation of machinery, including off-road ORV use, are prohibited. To visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/new-mexico/fire-restrictions for more details.
Information on the fires in New Mexico: https://nmfireinfo.com/
Smoke Outlook: https://outlooks.wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlook/b335b9f4
Colfax County: http://www.co.colfax.nm.us/government/sheriff_s_department.php;