6/16/2016 – 10 PM                             

Estimated Acres: 16,000                Start Date: June 14, 2016

Cause: Under investigation         Location: 6 miles NW of Tajique, NM

Containment: zero                          Fuels: heavy dead/down timber, ponderosa pine stands

Total personnel: 628


Roosevelt Middle School – Tijeras, NM @ 1630

East Torrance Soil & Water Conservation District Complex Bldg. 700 10th Street – Estancia, NM @1900

Phone lines for fire information:  855-585-5547, 855-585-5546, 855-581-3862, 855-581-3861                                                                             


Bernalillo County: Mandatory evacuations are from the junction of Anaya Rd and 337 southward to the Torrance county line including the communities of Chilili, Escobosa, Los Seis Hermanos Estates, Marianette Ranch Estates, Llano del Sol, Tierra de Los Suenos, Ponderosa Estates, Capital Estates, Yrisarri, and Ponderosa Pines.  Voluntary evacuations are from the area two miles east of the mandatory evacuation sites.  For information about this evacuation call the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office at (505) 798-7000.  A lot of fire traffic is in this area and non-fire personnel should avoid it.

Torrance County:  Mandatory evacuations were completed from the Torrance County line south to state highway 55 and from state highway 337 to the west.  Road closures remain in effect for CR Ao 57/CR Ao 30, CR Ao 22/CR Ao 3, Hwy 55/Hwy 337, just east of Barelas Rd. and Hwy 55, CR Ao 15/CR Ao 18.  For information about these evacuations contact the Torrance County Sheriff’s Office at (505) 544-4727.

Evacuations centers are located in Estancia at the Torrance County Fairgrounds (for people, pets, and livestock), and in Tijeras at the Los Vecinos Community Center for people.

Damage Assessment: 24 single residences and 21 other minor structures destroyed. 

Fire continued to push towards the east and northeast toward Chilili Land Grant.  Extreme fire behavior with tree torching is expected.

Weather:  Hot, dry and unstable from Friday into the weekend. Single digit humidity and poor recovery at night.  Afternoon breezes Friday afternoon then lessening winds.  Air stagnation or heavy smoke pattern expected this weekend due to light transport winds.

Smoke Impact:  The National Weather Service ( has issued an air quality alert for the area near the fire through mid-day Friday: Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health website at

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