Santa Fe National Forest – 10 Year Fire History

From 2013-2022 — Fires over 1,000 acres

Year Name of Fire Total Acres Burned Cause of Ignition
Cerro Pelado Fire
45,605
Escaped prescribed burn
Hermits Peak / Calf Canyon Fire
341,471
Escaped prescribed burns
Cooks Peak Fire
59,359
Under investigation
2021
Cuervito Fire
1,621
Lightning
2020
Medio Fire
4,010
Lightning
2018
Venado Fire
4,150
Lightning
2017
Cajete Fire
1,412
Human, campfire
Jaroso Fire
11,149
Lightning
Tres Lagunas Fire
10,219
Downed power line
Thompson Ridge Fire
23,965
Downed power line
Total acres burned by wildfire ignited by escaped prescribed burns
387,076
Acres still under investigation
59,359
Acres burned from all other causes
56,526

Total acres burned

502,961

Note — This chart only considers actual acres burned. It does not take into account any differences in the time required for the Forest Service to suppress fires due to the nature of differing fire ignitions. For example, it’s possible that a lightening strike fire could be suppressed more quickly than an escaped broadcast prescribed burn.

The Forest Advocate
Santa Fe, New Mexico