Infrared flights over the 341,735-acre Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire “had a difficult time picking up any heat,” an operations section chief on the blaze said in a Friday evening briefing.

“If the fire should in the future decide to wake up, it’s not going to roar out of here,” Marcus Cornwell added, speaking of an area on the fire’s western edge in the Pecos Wilderness, where flames made a series of big runs last week before the monsoon settled in and dampened fuels.

Cornwell and other fire management officials assigned to the blaze, now 78 percent contained, provided positive news for communities affected by the state’s largest wildfire and the threat of a devastating aftermath — but warned their luck might not hold out much longer.



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