Dog Head Fire Daily 9:30am Update

Low to Moderate Fire Behavior Expected Today

DOG HEAD FIRE UPDATE – 6/21/2016, 9:30 A.M.



Acres: 17,891 based on more accurate GPS mapping                     Containment: 46%

Cause: Human caused, under investigation                                      Start Date:  June 14, 2016

Jurisdiction:  Cibola National Forest, NM State Forestry, Southern Pueblo Agency/BIA, BLM

Location:  6 miles NW of Tajique, NM

Vegetation:  Heavy fuels, dead and down timber, ponderosa pine stands

Damage Assessment: 24 single residences and 21 other minor structures

Total Personnel:  995



Tentatively scheduled for 4:30 P.M. Tuesday, June 21

Roosevelt Middle School, 11799 S. Highway 14, Tijeras, NM

The overnight humidity recovery will continue to moderate fire activity this morning. Fire activity is expected to pick-up in the afternoon, which may increase smoke. Firefighters expect to see single tree torching, dust devils and low surface fire behavior. Stump holes, smoldering large dead and down trees, and creeping are expected. Interior pockets of unburned vegetation will continue to burn. When wind, topography and fuels line up, an increase in fire behavior may occur.   Very active fire behavior remains a possibility with current weather and fuel conditions.

On the west side of the fire, westerly winds will be favorable to the fireline. As the mop-up strengthens the line, the likelihood of spotting diminishes. On the northeast side of the fire, southwest winds will test the work completed along the lines. On the east side of the fire, today’s southwest winds will be adverse to the fireline. With the many long fingers of the fire, small isolated areas that line up with the winds may make eastward runs. Single tree torching will continue. With the southwest winds on the southwest portion of the fire, no control problems are anticipated. Firefighters will continue to be vigilant for potential spot fires

Today firefighters will continue to hold, patrol and mop-up around the entire fire’s perimeter. Air attack and helicopters will continue to support firefighters on the ground, as needed. A gradual trend towards warmer and drier conditions is expected today and Wednesday.  Wind speeds will be lighter today compared to yesterday.

The strategy for this fire is full suppression. Incident objectives include providing for the safety of firefighters and the public, while protecting values at risk, and providing support for on-going utility recovery efforts, evacuations and planned re-entry into closed areas.

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Fire Information (8am – 8pm)855-585-5546, 855-585-5547, 855-581-3861, 855-581-3862,,,


Evacuation/Road Info (24 hr):  855-620-1747, 855-620-1746, 855-615-5195, 855-615-5196, 888-308-3120 and

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