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Dog Head Fire Now Declared CONTROLLED!
As of August 10, 2016, the Dog Head Fire has now be declared CONTROLLED. What does this mean? The completion of control line around a fire, any spot fires therefrom, and any interior islands to be... more


Approximate Location

34.811 latitude, -106.375 longitude

Incident Overview

June 23rd IR Map

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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.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation.
Date of OriginTuesday June 14th, 2016 approx. 11:00 AM
LocationApprox 6 miles northwest of Tajique.
Incident CommanderAndy Lang IC
Incident DescriptionHuman Caused

Current Situation

Total Personnel10
Size17,912 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday July 13th, 2016 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory), medium logging slash

Significant Events

Fire declared controlled on 8.10.2016


Planned Actions

Continue mop-up, hold and patrol around the perimeter.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: no threats expected

24 hours: No threats expected

48 hours: same as 24 hours

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Several dust and ash whirls continue to be visible daily.

Unit Information

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Cibola National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
New Mexico
Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Incident Contact

Dog Head Fire Info Hotline
Phone: 505-346-3900
Hours: 8am-8pm

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