| Cooks Peak Fire Update-5/8/22NM Fire Info

Telephone line: 505-357-0683; Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Email: 2022.cookspeak@firenet.gov

Acres: 59,359 acres
Containment: 97%
Cause: Human, under investigation
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 Update: Throughout the fire, smoke may be visible as combustibles continue to be consumed. Crews are clearing the perimeter and working the unsecured line of fire along the northwest edge. Crews will also be working in the southeast corner where several fuel pockets are actively burning. In the northern interior, fire-scorched pine needles have fallen and are being consumed by fire, creating additional smoke in this area. A red flag warning is expected again today through tomorrow due to dry weather and winds. Forecasts call for sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts of up to 60 mph.

Response resources will continue to support local resources during any new start-ups near the fire. Suppression repairs are underway where needed and specialists are assessing the fire for further rehabilitation action.

Road access update: State Road 21 between Cimarron and 5 miles west of Miami remains closed except to local traffic. To visit https://nmroads.com/mapIndex.html for more information.

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. To visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/public-safety-and-fire/fire-and-aviation/regional-info/new-mexico/fire-restrictions for more 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. 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 County Sheriff’s Offices use the Ready! Adjust! To go! evacuation status program that provides information on evacuation and evacuation preparation.

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