Albuquerque, NM, July 4, 2016 – Fire activity was minimal on both the North and Dog Head fires this Fourth of July weekend. Most of the assigned crews, equipment, and support resources have been released.
The Dog Head Fire, located on the Mountainair Ranger District, is 98% contained. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been working to protect the impacted area from erosion and further damage; restoration work will continue through this week. Two engines continue to patrol and mop up hot spots as needed. Smoke is occasionally visible, but the burning vegetation is well within the fire’s interior. A Type 4 Incident Commander is managing the operation with support from both State and Federal resources.
The North Fire, located on the Magdalena Ranger District, has shown little activity. Crews have completed all of the suppression related rehabilitation work. Some fence reconstruction is still needed, and will be completed by district personnel. The Monica Spike Camp was broken down today and the area was prepared for seeding. Likewise, the Helibase was broken down, and the area was prepared for seeding. Miscellaneous clean-up is being done throughout the fire area.
A new smoke was reported on the south end of the San Mateo Mountains. A helicopter has been ordered for a reconnaissance flight. No further details are available at this time.