The combination of the two fires in New Mexico has made it the largest fire in the state’s history. We now know that both start with a controlled burn.
Over 300,000 hectares continue to burn, burning and affecting tens of thousands of inhabitants.
On January 29, US Forestry crew members completed their cremation in the Santa Fe National Forest, about 17 miles west of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Somewhere in a pile of burning slashes and pieces of wood, the embers will continue to burn slowly for the next nine weeks.
And on April 9, the fire reappeared from the mountain.
The embers are dormant from midwinter to early April when they wake up. Then they grow into calf canyon fires and then fuse with other fires associated with open burning. With over 314,000 acres of Calf Canyon and Hermit Peak Fire Complex, it now has the largest footprint in the United States and is the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history.
As of Friday, the Forestry Department, which is part of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, was responsible for both the fires that took part in the forests, small villages, and the large hell that continued to burn the corridors that stretched over 40 miles.
” According to the Forest Department Fire Investigator, the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) calf in the Pecos / Las Vegas Ranger area. The canyon fire was caused by a residual wildfire since January. It was determined to be a wildfire. It is dormant in the water during the winter. A snow event before it reappears in April. Authorities said in a statement released Friday.
Planned burns (sometimes called open burning or open burning) have been an important part of US forest management for many years. The basic idea is to reduce the amount of fuel in the forest so that if a fire inevitably occurs, it will be easier to contain and less likely to cause a catastrophic fire. A canopy fire can occur when a large amount of fuel is supplied to or near the ground to burn a forest canopy and destroy forests and other things along the way on a large scale.
In 99.84% of cases, open burning is proceeding as planned. ” Forestry Director Ronald Moorein on May 20th.
Under normal conditions, it may be reasonable to assume that a layer of snow already on the ground in January followed by a snowstorm is sufficient to dissipate the hotspots on the burning mountains. But this year, the combination of climate change and natural changes in weather patterns has made a very dry and hot start across the Southwestern United States. The situation was exacerbated by the unusually strong winds that lasted for several weeks. At some point in early May, the National Weather Service issued a fire warning in northern New Mexico on the 25th of the last 30 days. This means that wind, heat and drought create ideal conditions for the ignition and spread of forest fires.
The fire evacuated tens of thousands of New Mexicans for weeks, destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings, and lost livestock. Fortunately, there was no human damage.
Fire smoke can be seen from Taos, New Mexico on May 15.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomed the announcement that the Forestry Department was in charge, but did not shorten her words.
” In New Mexico, triggered by the actions of the U.S. Forestry Agency, an agency that aims to be the guardian of our land. The pain and suffering are immeasurable. “He said in a statement on Friday. “This is the first step for the federal government to take full responsibility.
The Calf Canyon fire first reignited from the winter fire on April 9, and then burned an acre and a half before firefighters established a containment line around the fire.
Ten days later, with the help of strong winds and extreme fire conditions, the fire started again. It escaped the containment line on April 19th and grew significantly due to the fire on April 22nd.
By the first week of May, the Calf Canyon fire had merged with the Hermit Peak fire. This is due to open burning by the US Forest Office.
This is a digital fire progression sequence from cooking calf canyons, hermitage peaks, and peak fires. A very interesting representation of last month’s fire movement. : @Dougmccune #wildfire #fire #CalfCanyonFire #HermitsPeakFire #weather #hotshots #NewMexico pic.twitter.com/pnQ98JZGPw
On April 6, the agency began to burn a few miles north of the Calf Canyon wildfire, which was still quietly smoldering.
” The predicted weather conditions were within the specified fire parameters, but in the afternoon unpredictable. The irregular wind caused several fire hotspots that spread across the boundaries of the project. “A summary of the Forestry Bureau case is shown. “The fire was declared around 4:30 pm on April 6, 2022. “
After the fire broke out, Luhan Grisham began calling for the suspension of open burning in the state, and the Forestry Department finally agreed.
“” Certain firefighting activities have begun to stop on the premises of the system. ” Moore said.
On Friday, Ruhan Grisham insisted that the federal government reassess its fire management practices to explain the climate change that contributed to the historic southwestern drought.
” Rainfall continues to decline, especially in New Mexico and the West, especially New Mexico and the West. As the temperature rises, all precautions must be taken to prevent a fire of this magnitude. ” “”
Combined fires are currently 50% controlled and more than 3,000 firefighters are working to increase their numbers, preparing to predict weather conditions for heat, wind, and serious fires.