DOG HEAD FIRE UPDATE – 6/29/2016, 10:00 A.M.
Acres: 17,912 Containment: 95%
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: 12 single residences and 44 other minor structures
Total Personnel: 181
Albuquerque, NM – A Type 4 Team, led by Incident Commander Matt Petersen, assumed command of the fire at 6:00 p.m. last night. This will be the final update from the Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Incident Command Team. All future news releases will be from the Cibola National Forest Supervisors Office. If you need additional information about the Dog Head Fire, please call 505-346-3900 to leave your name and phone number; an Information Officer will call you back.
Operations will in large remain the same for the next couple of days. Firefighters and heavy equipment will continue to rehabilitate dozer line on the east perimeter of the fire. Once the heavy equipment work is completed, crews will concentrate on mop-up and patrol.
While we know that the Dog Head Fire was human caused, the investigation is still ongoing. More information about the cause of the fire will be released once the details are confirmed.
The weather forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions again with a very slight chance of showers and afternoon thunderstorms. Maximum temperatures will be 81-86, and the relative humidity will be 25-30%. Winds will be 5 – 10 mph until late morning; southeast winds will be 7-10 mph thereafter, growing gusty and erratic with the afternoon thunderstorms.
The strategy for this fire is and has always been full suppression. Incident objectives include providing for the safety of firefighters and the public while protecting values at risk, providing support for on-going recovery efforts, and planned re-entry into closed areas.