Awesome Cloud: The Santa Fe NM Storyteller

Real Estate Broker/Owner with eXp Realty LLC NM Broker License 16161

Meet Awesome Cloud. In Santa Fe, NM when clouds come over the mountains, they have a different story to tell. This cloud appeared over the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range on a day in late July. It was not a typical cloud by any means. It was a cloud created by the movement of the Hermits Peak & Calf Canyon fire still burning far to the east of Santa Fe. 

Two weeks ago, fire crews were still cleaning up the land and northern New Mexico communities damaged and in some places destroyed. Three days ago, the U.S. Senate passed a spending bill that included 2.5B for the Hermits Peak & Calf Canyon Fire victims. Hopefully it will quickly pass the House of Representatives so President Biden will sign it into law. 

Over 300,000 acres were burned when the U.S. Forest Service began a prescribed burn on April 9th, 2022 without taking into account the unexpected WIND! What is unacceptable to many of us who live here is there is always lots of WIND in April. 

Here is the statement and press release from Chief Randy Moore, Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service.  

In my opinion, it is time to do better to save and protect our National Forests by removing the stewardship from the Department of Agriculture.

Thank you for reading and/or commenting on this blog post. The story, research and images all created by Emily Medvec.


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Comments (8)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

It pained me to read this post even though the clouds looked beautiful. My take is when government people get involved in anything they only know how to screw it up..... give it to the business people and the problems get solved..... sad but hopefully you really will get the money to help out to the damages the government created, Endre

Oct 02, 2022 05:19 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love looking at the clouds in the sky and they always tell a wonderful story.  Thank you for sharing with us!

Oct 03, 2022 05:27 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Emily, clouds sure can create some interesting shapes!   Sorry to hear you are still having issues with fires.  We have recently had so much rain, luckily we have not.

Oct 03, 2022 05:44 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

To do a prescribed burn, but not take into account the normal weather patterns is, uh, not smart.

Oct 03, 2022 05:54 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

It is a shame that proper forest management seems to be beyond the ability of the agencies.

Oct 04, 2022 07:22 AM
Emily Medvec

Agree Roy Kelley What is tragic is the agency timeframe was on paper a year or so before without attention paid to what was happening when they lit the fire.

Oct 04, 2022 07:25 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Emily and love your post that you shared with us here in the Rain.  Make ita great day!

Oct 06, 2022 01:43 PM
Emily Medvec

Thanks Will Hamm, I know you have to keep an eye out for these kind of clouds in Colorado too. 

Oct 08, 2022 06:40 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Emily Medvec - I had no idea. I also followed the link to "Statement and Press Release." I am so surprised I didn't hear about any of this on the news. Nearly all news is local or what's happening in other countries, but not enough from the USA that all Americans would probably be interested in. I'm no expert about Forestry. I hope Bob Crane reads your blog post and the Press Release. This may be of interest to him too.

I wish you and all the people in NM healthy lungs, clean air, and the right intervention to save the state of NM and its people. 

Oct 16, 2022 02:42 PM
Bob Crane

Thanks for tagging me Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Oct 16, 2022 04:06 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Bob Crane 

Thanks for your feedback, knowledge, and expertise in Forestry. I hope Emily Medvec reads your comment, and I feel confident she will appreciate what you have to say.

Oct 16, 2022 05:07 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

So sorry to hear this happened, a tragic loss that could have been prevented.

I spent several years working for the USFS in NM back in the '80s, one of my favorite states.

From what I have heard, everytime they try to do any real forest mgmt in that area they are met with so many court battles that mgmt gets delayed or never gets done.

When trees are not cut on time, they fall down and become fuel for the next forest fire, quite a waste for every citizen of the US as we all own these trees.

Oct 16, 2022 04:03 PM