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Winds shift, bring smoke and cooler temps

It was another windy Friday across New Mexico today with peak gusts reaching 45-60 mph for the north. Gallup recorded 59 mph and Las Vegas reached 52 mph. Stronger wind gusts continue tonight bringing much colder air and moisture from the northeast. This is also having an effect on the smoke increasing towards Taos and Santa Fe. Wind gusts will continue overnight 20-30 mph for the east as this powerful late season storm dives into our state. Although we’ll miss out on the record cold and snow, our temps will cool down dramatically this weekend especially east. High temperatures will only be in the lower to middle 50s across northeast NM Saturday. This is 15-25° cooler than this past week and will wipe away the near record heat. The RGV will still be warm, but more seasonal with highs in the lower 80s. This change in our weather will set up a canyon wind into the ABQ metro area later Saturday into Sunday as another front drops through.
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Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Megafire consumes additional 2,000 acres, becomes largest fire in New Mexico History, Carson & Santa Fe National Forests closed; Conditions critical and expected to worsen

TAOS COUNTY, N.M. (KJCT) - Conditions in New Mexico continue to rapidly deteriorate with the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Megafire burning through over 2,000 acres of bone-dry vegetation overnight, and the situation is not expected to stabilize in the foreseeable future. Fuel sources like downed trees and other dead vegetation remain unusually dry due to severe drought conditions combined with persistently low humidity, high temperatures, and strong spring winds.
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Santa Fe Reporter

Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Becomes Largest Fire In NM History

Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon becomes largest fire in NM history. The Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire became the largest in New Mexico’s history yesterday as it passed the record Whitewater/Baldy Complex fire set in 2012 when it burned 297,845 acres near Silver City. As of this morning, Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon measured 299,565 acres with 26% containment. Most of the movement Monday continued to the north and south, officials said at last night’s briefing, and South Zone Operations Section Chief Ken Watkins said firefighters had made “good progress” on a containment line in the Santa Fe National Forest to curtail the fire’s movement toward the Pecos River Valley, where rain fell Monday for about 25 minutes. With Taos communities now under various evacuation statuses, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe urged residents to be ready, and to contact his office if they had elders or others needing assistance. “We are all one family,” Hogrefe said. “We will not leave anybody behind, but we have to know where to go.” Fire analyst Stewart Turner said today will likely bring some burning in the interior portions of the fire but, overall, he expected today would be a “moderate burn” day without “big growth…it should be a good work day for the crews to make some good progress out there.” Fire officials also reported progress yesterday on the Cerro Pelado Fire in the Jemez Mountains, which, as of yesterday, had gained just 2 acres and experienced minimal fire growth; the fire is now at 45,605 acres and 62% containment.
SANTA FE COUNTY, NM
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Swelling Fire Lines

The mega-blaze which began April 6 as a prescribed burn near Las Vegas, NM, will continue to grow over the coming weeks, as it is largely burning in dense timber. While the fastest recent movement for the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire has swept toward the north, the fire’s southwest flank also made a run over the weekend and sent the communities near Pecos into “set” evacuation status.
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