DOG HEAD FIRE UPDATE    6/17/2016 – 9:30 AM

Estimated Acres: 16,751                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

COMMUNITY MEETINGS TONIGHT:

Roosevelt Middle School – Tijeras, NM @ 4:30 PM

East Torrance Soil & Water Conservation District Complex Bldg. 700 10th Street – Estancia, NM @ 7:00 PM

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

Evacuations:

Bernalillo County: Mandatory evacuations are from the junction of Anaya Rd and 337 southward to the Torrance county line including the communities of Chilili, Escabosa, Los Seis Hermanos Estates, Marianette Ranch Estates, Llano del Sol, Tierra de Los Suenos, Ponderosa Estates, Capital Estates, Yrisarri, and Ponderosa Pines.  Voluntary evacuations areas are 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.

Evacuation 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 behavior will be less active this morning than the past two days due to the lighter winds but will become more active during the afternoon.  Crews made good progress over night establishing and reinforcing hand lines and dozer lines.  Aircraft will continue to support ground crews with containment efforts and structure protection.

Weather: Winds will continue to lessen with some gusts expected this afternoon out of the West/Northwest.  Hot dry weather will continue through the weekend.

Smoke Impact:  The National Weather Service (weather.gov) has issued an air quality alert for the area near the fire through mid-day Friday:  http://1.usa.gov/1Ue2rxY 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 https://nmtracking.org/fire.

Fire Information:

Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4784/

NM Fire Info: https://nmfireinfo.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DogHeadFire/

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