SFNF Updates Closure Order for Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak Fires

Release Date: May 1, 2022

Contact(s): Santa Fe National Forest Public Affairs

Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District Closed to the Public

SANTA FE, NM – May 1, 2022 – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has updated the closure order to protect public health and safety during fire operations on the Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak Fire. The entire Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District is closed to the public. The order is effective from now until Dec. 31, 2022, unless rescinded earlier.

A significant wind event merged the Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak Fires on April 22. The fires impacted immediate and surrounding communities on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District. The second Southwest Type 1 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak Fire today. Updates on fire operations are posted on the SFNF website, www.nmfireinfo.com and Inciweb.

The closure order prohibits members of the public from entering the restricted area, all the National Forest System lands, roads and trails located within the boundaries of the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District on the SFNF as depicted on the map.

Fire behavior can be unpredictable, and fire managers are asking the public to exercise caution and steer clear of all areas that could be impacted by the Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak Fire.

Federal, state and local officers, firefighters and members of an organized rescue team, and any others authorized by Forest Service permit are exempt from the closure order.

Violation of the closure order is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.

The closure order and map will be posted on the Alerts and Notices page on the SFNF website and copies are available at SFNF headquarters and the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District Offices.

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