New Mexico Fire Update

From KOB-TV:

The Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire surpassed 138,000 acres Monday, making it one of the largest fires in state history and the largest fire right now in the U.S. 

Unfortunately, fire officials said it's going to get even bigger.

All of Mora was placed under mandatory evacuations Sunday. Officials notified residents they must take Highways 433, 442 or 518 north to Taos to leave. Those roads are open for evacuation only and no re-entry will be allowed.

On Monday, evacuation orders were issued for portions of Las Vegas. Details can be found below.

A live evacuation map is available here. Two lines have been set up with the latest information on the fire: (505) 356-2636 and (505) 398-1151.

The National Weather Service Albuquerque also issued an advisory for those who are forced to evacuate. A wildland fire action guide is available here.

The Santa Fe National Forest has closed the entire Pecos and Las Vegas Ranger District to the public – this area includes all land, roads and trails in the ranger district around Las Vegas. Anyone caught in closed areas could face a $5,000 fine and six months in jail.

  • Evacuations — Go! mandatory evacuation status: The Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas; Las Vegas communities of Luna and CinderSouth Mora up to 121 (south and west of 518), Penasco Blanco, South Carmen, Ledoux, Upper Morphy, Santlago Creek, Abuelo, Puertocito, Hot Springs, Storrie Lake, Las Dispensas, San Ignacio, Lone Pine Mesa, Chavez, Canoncito, Pendaries Village, Pendaries Valley East, Rociada, Upper Rociada, Tierra Monte Canyon, La Canada, Las Tusas, the area of 527-525 on Highway 518, East and West Sapello, Emplazado and Manuelitas, Mineral Hill, San Pablo and San Geronimo, The Big Pine, Porvenir Canyon, Canovas Canyon, El Porvenir, Gallinas, Lower Canyon Road and Trout Springs areas. Anyone living in these areas must leave immediately. 
  • Set! prepare for evacuation status: Las Vegas areas of Creston and Bibb. 
  • Road Closures — City of Las Vegas: All routes southbound are open for evacuation. New Mexico Highway 65 is closed northbound at the state hospital. 


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