Cleveland Roller Mill Museum Benefit Dance - Aug 12, 2023 7pm
Pot Luck for Dance 5pm, bring your favorite dish
2022 and 2023 have been difficult years for San Miguel and Mora counties. On April 6, 2022, a prescribed burn was started by the US Forest Service about 12 miles NW of Las Vegas near the base of Hermits Peak. By late afternoon the fire escaped containment and was declared a wildfire. This fire was named the Hermits Peak fire. Almost 2 weeks later, on April 19, 2022, a US Forest Service pile burn holdover fire from January reemerged as a new fire named the Calf Canyon fire. The two fires merged and burned towards the Pecos wilderness, Las Vegas and north toward Mora county. High winds combined with extremely dry conditions led to the fire growing rapidly, especially in a northerly direction towards Mora and Cleveland. In late April evacuation notices were enacted and residents of the Mora and Cleveland areas were forced to evacuate along with roads in and out of town being closed. For several weeks these residents were unable to visit their homes and businesses, often not knowing whether the rapidly expanding fire had burned their homes and businesses. The roads in and out of Mora finally opened up from Las Vegas about May 18 and displaced residents were able to get back into their home areas. For some, the news was good, their homes had survived. For others, their homes were burned, many beyond repair. Fortunately, the Cleveland Roller Mill was preserved. There are burns nearby but much of Mora and Cleveland were on the edge of the fire but were thankfully undamaged. On the drive from Las Vegas to Cleveland you can see evidence of the fire, sometimes all the way up to the road, but there are many areas that are still in good shape.
Location: Cleveland Roller Mill Museum, highway 518 - mile marker 31 in Cleveland, NM (2 miles NW of Mora)
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