Firefighters' efforts and light winds slowed the spread of Calf Canyon Fire — combined area at 165,276 acres

Firefighters' efforts and light winds slowed the spread of Calf Canyon Fire — combined area at 165,276 acres

Yesterday joint efforts by ground and air crews, as well as favorable weather, significantly reduced the spread of Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires. Overnight affected area is currently at 165,276 acres or an increase of about 5,000 acres. Containment at 20%.

Firefighters made good progress constructing line and performing structure protection along the west side of the City of Las Vegas and NM Highway 283. A two-day window of light winds will give firefighters a chance to take proactive measures ahead of elevated temperatures and high winds predicted for this weekend.

Yesterday U.S. President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration for areas affected by wildfires. Aid includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Plans for May 5:

  • Construction on dozer line east of NM Highway 518

  • Line reinforcement north of Mora and Cleveland

  • Structure protection measures on the south/southeast edge

  • Strengthening and holding containment lines along the west side of Las Vegas and HWY 283

  • Establishing containment line to prevent further spread to the west

  • Air operations

The Santa Fe National Forest has expanded the closure order due to the fire to include the entire Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District and has implemented forest-wide Stage 2 fire restrictions. Full order at USDA.gov.

Evacuation map available at ArcGIS Map.

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