DOG HEAD FIRE UPDATE 6/18/2016 – 9 am

Estimated Acres: 17,615                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: 741

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

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.

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

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

Crews took advantage of cooler weather last night and were able to reinforce the handline along the fire’s western flank.  On the southern boundary dozers continued to strengthen lines.  Structure protection also continued west of Hwy 337.  Fire behavior could become active during the afternoon due to unstable weather conditions.

Weather: Weather today will be hot, dry and unstable with variable light winds throughout the day.  Shifting winds are expected today which could cause embers to cross the fireline resulting in possible spot fires.

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:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DogHeadFire/

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

NM Fire Info: nmfireinfo.com/

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