MORE RAIN PREDICTED OVER THE FIRE TODAY
DOG HEAD FIRE UPDATE – 6/23/2016, 8:00 A.M.
Acres: 17,912 Containment: 68%
Cause: Human – 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: 787
Last night crews continued to patrol and hold direct fire line and mop up critical areas. Night operations were shortened and crews that were previously assigned are now all on the day shift or demobing today.
Overnight recovery and recent rain fall will keep the fire behavior low through the morning and early afternoon hours. As the mop-up operations strengthen the line the likelihood of spotting diminishes on the west perimeter. Expected fire behavior today is smoldering. Crews will remain vigilant for spot fires that could compromise areas to the north. The north east perimeter will be the biggest threat to the line. Most of the activity will be smoldering stump holes and large logs.
Today’s weather prediction is more moisture which will increase the chance of wetting rain. Winds will be variable and gusty. A drying trend begins tomorrow through Saturday with a stronger surge of wetting rain predicted on Sunday.
No additional public meetings are planned unless there is a significant change in fire conditions.
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.
Please remember, if you fly, we can’t. Drones near wildfires are not safe. Visit http://www.nifc.gov/drones/ for more information.
Beginning today, there will only be a morning update.
Evacuation/Road Info (8am – 8pm): 855-620-1747, 855-620-1746, 855-615-5195, 855-615-5196, 888-308-3120
Fire Information (8am – 8pm): 855-585-5546, 855-585-5547, 855-581-3861, 855-581-3862