Gila National Forest – Doagy Fire Update, May 20, 2021

Thursday 5/20/2021

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Fire Information line: 575-388-8209 available 8:00am to 8:00pm


Location: Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest              Start Date: May 14, 2021      Size:  5000 acres

Cause:  Lightning       Vegetation:  Timber with grass understory

Total Personnel: 131    Containment:  10%

Resources: 2 type 1 crews, 1 type 2 crew, 1 type 3 helicopter, 2 type 3 engine, 8 type 6 engines, 1 ambulance, 2 water tenders

SUMMARY:  The Doagy Fire was ignited by lightning and reported on May 14. The fire increased by 2700 acres yesterday to 5000 acres and is still 10% contained. The fire started near Doagy Well in Doagy Canyon of the Gila National Forest. The fire is predominately burning in timber with grass understory, with patches of pinyon and juniper. Increased acreage is due to more accurate mapping. Crews continue to hold and monitor containment lines along the north and east flanks.

FIRE BEHAVIOR: Fire behavior was moderate over a majority of the fire with some areas also exhibiting backing

flanking and smoldering. The behavior is responding to the fuels and terrain with good consumption of dead and down fuels.

WEATHER: Scattered thunderstorms occurred over the fire today with intermittent showers. A warming and drying trend is forecasted for the remainder of the week   

AIR QUALITY: Air quality monitors have been installed and the public is welcomed review the real time smoke observations by following this link and searching for USFS 1072 or USFS 1036

Please see the New Mexico Department of Health site also known as 5-3-1, for guidance on mitigating your smoke exposure.  Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures by staying inside during heavy smoke periods and avoiding outdoor activities.

SAFETY:  The Gila National Forest is currently under Stage 1 Fire Restriction, including the use of charcoal grills. Use of pressurized fuel devices with an on/off switch are acceptable. 

Formoreinformation follow this link or visit the Gila National Forest website under Alerts and Notices.

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