Thankfully, as of Thursday evening, the firefighters have made progress on the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire, but the sad truth is that the winds will likely increase.
That being said, the blaze is now largely contained.
"The blaze, now at 312,057 acres, is 46 percent contained. Nearly 3,100 personnel are assigned to the fire, which began in early April after a prescribed burn went awry and later was joined by a fire originating in Calf Canyon in San Miguel County." —The New Mexican
Some firefighters are saying that these strong winds will act as a test to their containment lines, and they are hoping their efforts will make a difference.
Fortunately, it is expected that the fire will be kept in check, despite the unfavorable predictions.
"Operations section chief Alex McBath said crews were on both sites and said he expected the fire to be held in check." —The New Mexican
It seems that this fire is largely contained, and the firefighters have made a lot of headway, but residents may still see smoke, especially in the afternoons.
“These critical fire weather environmental factors are really important...About 2 o’clock every afternoon, they come into alignment and we see a lot of fire behavior. That’s the time when firefighters have to be at their safest.” —Alex McBath
This means that the firefighters have to practice a great deal of caution during this time period. Additionally, when higher winds arrive, they will likely have a greater understanding of how well their containment lines were constructed.
In short, the fire is largely under control, but it's still important to practice caution.