USDA Forest Service:
The USDA Forest Service issued the following update today on the status of the Cerro Pelado Fire.
There will be warmer weather over the fire area today with sunny skies in the morning. There is zero percent chance of precipitation, and the maximum temperature will reach into the low 80’s.
Relative humidity will be in the low teens. Southwest winds are forecast. Fire behavior continues to be minimal across the fire area.
- Size: 45,605 acres
- Containment: 92 percent
- Start Date: April 22, 2022
- Cause: Unknown
- Total personnel: 434
On the northwest side of the fire outside of the Jemez Falls area, crews will be continuing to mop up further into the interior of the fires’ edge. On the south side of the fire, crews and heavy equipment operators will continue doing suppression repair. All chipping of the trees and brush has been completed.
The northeast and southeast quadrants of the fire are looking good. All suppression repair work is complete and resources in these areas will continue to patrol the fires edge. The Bandelier National Monument remains closed.
The website shows plans of opening to the public soon. Please see their website for current information – www.nps.gov/band/index.htm
The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has established a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team to begin the assessment of National Forest System (NFS) lands impacted by the Cerro Pelado Fire.
Information and resources can be found on the Cerro Pelado Post-Fire BAER assessment InciWeb page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8118/
Eleven type II hand crews, 17 engines, 1 bulldozer, 10 water tenders, 4 ambulances and 2 helicopters.
- Sandoval County: https://www.sandovalcountynm.gov/fire-alerts/
- Santa Fe National Forest Closure order: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/santafe/alerts-notices
- Carson National Forest Closure order: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/carson/alerts-notices
- Cibola National Forest Closure order: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/cibola/alerts-notices
- Information on air quality is at New Mexico Department of Health Environmental Public Health Tracking: https://nmtracking.org/fire , and an interactive smoke map is available at https://fire.airnow.gov/.
- The Santa Fe, Carson and Cibola National Forests have implemented forest closures effective Thursday, May 19 at 8am. Stage II Fire Restrictions remain 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 issue burn permits. Stage III Fire Restrictions are in effect for Pueblo de Cochiti and Los Alamos.
Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR):
- There is a flight restriction over the fire area and drones are also prohibited. Temporary Flight Restrictions