NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Cooks Peak Fire burning in Mora and Colfax counties in northern New Mexico is about 97% contained. The fire started on April 17, 2022, around 4:15 p.m.

  • Start Date: April 17, 2022, around 4:15 p.m. | Final update May 5
  • Location: North of Ocate NM, approximately 46 miles north of Las Vegas, NM
  • Containment: 97%.
  • Size: 59,359 acres.
  • Structures Threatened: Yes, total number unclear.
  • Structures Burned: None.
  • Fatalities: None.
  • Evacuations: See details below.
  • Cause: Human-caused, under investigation.
  • Total Personnel: 545
  • Area Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, oak brush and grass.
  • Ownership(s): Private.

As of Thursday, May 5, fire officials provided the final update on the Cooks Peak Fire. Information will continue, as necessary, on the Cooks Peak Fire Information Facebook page.

Evacuations for the Cooks Peak fire have ended in Colfax County.

Residents in Mora County may now fall under evacuation parameters set by the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire according to NMFire.

Several road closures remain in place for through traffic. NM Highway 120 from mile marker 26 to 3 miles west of Ocate is closed except to local traffic due to fire activity in the area. State Road 21 from Polo Ranch to Cimarron is open to local traffic only and remains closed to through traffic. Visit for additional information. 

A public phone line has been established to answer questions regarding the Cooks Peak Fire. People are being asked to call 505-357-0683 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. 

Cooks Peak Fire map from May 5, 2022, courtesy of NM Fire Info