Dog Head Fire now at 9% Containment

DOG HEAD FIRE UPDATE 6/18/2016 – 10:30 pm
Dog Head Fire now at 9% Containment

Estimated Acres: 17,615
Start Date: June 14, 2016
Cause: Under investigation
Location: 6 miles NW of Tajique, NM
Containment: 9%
Fuels: heavy dead/down timber, ponderosa pine stands
Total personnel: 953

Fire information: 855-585-5546, 855-581-3862, 855-585-5547, 855-581-3861

A transition from the Southwest Area Incident Management Team #5 –Richard Nieto, Incident Commander to the Southwest Area Incident Management Team #1—Bea Day, Incident Commander will occur at 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 19, 2016.

Evacuations: For evacuation information in Bernalillo County call the Dog Head Fire Joint Information Center at
855-615-5195, 855-615-5196, 888-308-3120.

For evacuation information in Torrance County call the Emergency Operation Center 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.

Closures: A Closure Order has been issued for the Sandia Ranger District: All National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the boundaries of the Sandia Ranger District south of Interstate 40 are closed.

Stage II Fire Restrictions and a Temporary Fire Area Closure Order near Tajique, New Mexico are in effect for the Mountainair Ranger District. For further information, call the Mountainair Ranger District at 505 847-2990 or go to

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

Today crews worked on reinforcing and securing the hand and dozer lines on the fire’s northwestern and southern flanks. Fire behavior increased in the Aceves Road area, where crews along with aerial resources worked to protect structures and secure dozer lines. Tonight crews will patrol firelines and assist in structure protection.

Weather: Tonight winds will shift from the west to east south east and cause wind gust up to 15 mph and then transition to south east overnight. The increased winds will bring a rise in relative humidity with a maximum of 35%.

Smoke Impact: The National Weather Service ( has issued an air quality alert for the areas in the middle Rio Grande River valley through Sunday morning: 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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