What went wrong in the prescribed burn that turned into Hermits Peak wildfire?

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The U.S. Forest Service is investigating what caused the blaze, which occurred in an 85-page review, and later set out a Hermits Peak wildfire. The post-fire investigation states:

Hermit’s peak fire began on April 6. The Calf Canyon fire started on April 19. On April 23, authorities said the Hermitts Peak and Calf Canyon fires were combined. Hermits Peak / Clf Canyon Fire now holds over 341,000 acres and 72%.

“To understand how this tragedy happened,” said Randy Moore, the released US Forest Service chief, said the review was important. He added: “Fire prevention, wildfire fires and many other land management practices are inherently dangerous. When that work does not go as planned, we must learn from experience.

According to the schedule in the review, the fire chief April 6 morning determined the success of the test-fire. Workers then begin to ignite the ordered fire. Four hours later, however, the fire was extinguished.

According to the report, a combination of changes in fuel conditions, taking into account the nature of the fire outside the combustion chamber and arranging the ordered fire at the hot and dry end of the prescription, increased the chances of escaping the ordered fire. Distributed beyond the boundaries of the room ”

The Hermitz Peak / Calf Canyon fire has turned into the largest wildfire in state history in New Mexico.

The report also outlines some of the possible findings.

  • Make sure remote automated weather stations (RAWs) are properly maintained and operational, to monitor trends in fire alarms.
  • More accurate weather forecasts could improve situational awareness.
  • Increased good fuel loads have contributed to higher fires, torches, sparks, and more resistance from canopy-opening fuels and 2021 monsoon and firefighting equipment.
  • Low foil fuel facilitates the transition from overhead to combustion and beyond the boundaries of the room. Important context for highlighting oil humidity concerns.
  • Unexpected fire capacity leading to a scheduled fire. The ERC is mentioned in Election Plan 9 to be monitored, but it needs context to explain how this NFDRS component is used.
  • Estimation of minimum holding and emergency resources.
  • Last year’s rainfall (2021) and late (winter 2022) snowfall and humidity did little to improve the ongoing drought.

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