Gila NF-Doagy Fire Update for May 27, 2021

Thursday 5/27/2021

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Location: Black Range Ranger District, Gila National Forest              Start Date: May 14, 2021      Size:  12,785 acres           

Cause:  Lightning       Vegetation:  Timber with grass understory

Total Personnel: 21      Containment:  86%

Resources: 4 Type 6 engines

SUMMARY:  The Doagy Fire was ignited by lightning and reported on May 14. The fire acreage is at 12,785 acres and is now at 86% containment. The fire started near Doagy Well in Doagy Canyon of the Gila National Forest. Crews patrolled, monitored, and improved fire lines.

TRANSITION: Transition occurred today at 6:00 am from Type 3 Incident Commander Pedro Valenzuela to Type 4 Incident Commander Steven Seitzinger and Type 4 Incident Commander Trainee Ethyn Gutierrez. This will be the last update from Gila/Las Cruces Type Three Incident Command Team

INCIDENT OBJECTIVES: Ensure firefighter and public safety, Reduce and minimize fire impacts on private and state lands, utility and private infrastructure and values at risk, minimize to the extent possible, the smoke impacts to communities, critical local travel corridors and state highways, On federal lands, maintain fire and its natural role on the landscape where it aligns with suppression objectives.

FIRE BEHAVIOR: Fire behavior was minimal yesterday and was predominately creeping, and smoldering, however, single tree torching was observed. There are numerous unburned pockets of fuel within the interior that will continue to smolder and produce smoke until significant moisture is received

WEATHER: Expected fire weather is warm dry and occasionally breezy with single digit to low teen humidity’s through Tuesday. Winds will remain below critical thresholds for fire weather warnings or red flag alerts.

AIR QUALITY: Smoke impacts to residents living near the fire area is extremely minimal, however smoke from

the Johnson Fire has settled in the valley that the Doagy had been impacting.Air quality monitors have been installed and the public is welcomed to review the real time smoke observations by following this link and searching for USFS 1054 located at Beaverhead Work Center, and USFS 1036 is located in Truth or Consequences.

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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