The current size: 45,602 acres
Current lockdown: 40%
Start date: April 22, 2022
Total workforce: 1,078
PUBLIC MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT: Monday, May 16, 2022, located at Los Alamos High School at 5:30 p.m.
WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR: Firefighters expect moderate winds influenced by the terrain and near record heat today. Midday high temperatures at higher elevations on the fire could climb again to around 80°F, and there will be a very high probability of ignition caused by single-digit relative humidity values and combustibles. extremely dry. A cold front moving over the fire area late this evening will bring a change in weather. Relative humidity will climb to around 45% tonight. Winds are forecast to shift from the southwest and increase slightly as gusty southwesterly winds and a few clouds are expected over the fire area tomorrow. Significant fire growth is unlikely again today, and general conditions for firefighting efforts are favourable.
FIRE OPERATIONS: A drone incursion over the blaze yesterday prompted an airstrike to order a complete halt to all flight operations for the safety of aviation and ground crews. The shutdown was critical, significantly slowing the progress of ongoing work to reduce risk around the communications tower on Los Griegos Mountain in the northwest perimeter. The use of drones is prohibited by the Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR). As containment increases on the Cerro Pelado Fire, fire managers have begun releasing equipment and crews to assist with fire suppression efforts in other priority areas in the region. The red lines on the perimeter of the fire map indicating the active line of fire are replaced with black for the contained line. As containment increases, crews prepare to repair suppression and remove equipment in these areas. Suppression efforts continue in active fire areas. Inland fire activity remains a threat in the Peralta Ridge and Paliza Canyon areas. Today, helicopters and the two scooper aircraft will continue to support ground crews, providing eyes in the sky and shuttling loads of water to cool hot spots and reinforce containment lines. When safe, crews attempt to use direct fireside tactics. Engine crews continue to patrol structures near burned areas, and fuel reduction continues along Highway 4. Fire activity is quiet on the eastern and southern flanks of the fire. Firefighters continue to upgrade and reinforce containment lines on the east side of Spruce Canyon. The containment line on the old Dome Lookout Road, Forest Road (FR) 287, directs the fire away from Frijoles Canyon to the east. Hand and engine crews are in the area today, patrolling and monitoring the containment lines, and working inland from the edge of the fire. In the Cochiti Mesa area, crews are patrolling where fire hangs in rocky areas. Hand crews march into the far edge of the fire on the south side of the fire, patrolling and directly engaging the fire in Peralta Canyon, north of Cochiti Pueblo. On the west side of the fire, crews continue to secure and reinforce containment lines along FR 266, working further inland from the edge of the fire. Firefighters are transporting equipment and chipping away piles of brush along FR 266 and in areas of Cochiti Mesa.
- Highway 4 closed from kilometer marker 34 to kilometer marker 50: https://bit.ly/NM-Roads
- The Santa Fe National Forest has closed the Cerro Pelado Fire Area (Closing Order) and Fire Base Camp along Forest Route 376 (Closing Order).
- Bandelier National Monument and Valles Caldera National Reserve remain closed.
Great Basin IMT 1 continues to communicate with tribal representatives, community leaders, private cooperators, and Los Alamos National Laboratory personnel to coordinate firefighting resources, protect structures, and ensure member safety. from the community.
Air quality: Air quality information can be found at the New Mexico Department of Health Environmental Public Health Tracker: https://nmtracking.org/fire and an interactive smoke map is available on https://fire.airnow.gov/.
Fire Restrictions Level II fire restrictions are in effect for the Santa Fe National Forest, which prohibits all campfires and other hazardous activities. Due to ongoing fire threats, Sandoval County will not be issuing burn permits. Level III fire restrictions are in effect for Cochiti Pueblo.
Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR). There is a flight restriction above the fire area and drones are also prohibited. https://bit.ly/Flight-Restrictions
Information phone lines: 505-312-4593 and 303-918-4004
Email: [email protected]
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