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Dog Fire

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
National Park Service
Texas
Salt Flat, TX 79847

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Phone: 915-828-3251
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, MDT

Dog Fire Daily Update - May 24, 2021

Dog Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 5/24/2021

Dog Fire – May 24, 2021 Update

Weather Continues to Assist Firefighters Today

Acres:   1,337 acres
Percent Containment: 0%
Start Date: May 11, 2021
Cause: Lightning/Natural
Origin Location: 34 mi Southwest of Whites City, NM
Jurisdiction: Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Fuels: Timber with litter and grass understory
Personnel: 60 personnel
Fire Information: 2021.dog@firenet.gov 
                             
915-236-1177

Due to higher relative humidity levels yesterday, there was no increase in fire size which remains at 1,337 acres.

This is a full suppression fire. Firefighters continue working to limit the fire’s spread and to protect values at risk where they can do so safely and effectively. The objectives are to use natural and man-made barriers to keep the fire within the upper elevations of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, keeping the fire west of the Frijole Ridge, North of the Bowl/Hunter Trail, East of the Tejas Trail, and South of McKittrick Canyon.

Today, fire behavior will again remain low due to minimum relative humidity levels of 30-40% and lower wind speeds. There is a possibility of isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Access to the fire is challenging due to steep and rugged terrain. Firefighters are utilizing existing trail systems to limit the fire’s spread. Crews continue work to hold the west side of the fire along the Tejas Trail removing brush and fuels. Firefighters will continue to monitor fire activity in the Smith Canyon, on Hunter Ridge, and along the Bowl Trail. They will take action where it is safe to do so. Firefighters are also protecting the Bowl patrol cabin, clearing around the bases of power poles, and creating defensible space around other values at risk.

Resources assigned to the fire include: 4 crews (National Park Service and Texas State Forest Service), 3 engines (U.S. Forest Service and Texas State Forest Service), and one Type 3 helicopter (Bureau of Indian Affairs).

An Area Closure is in effect. Trails starting at the Frijole Ranch and McKittrick Canyon trailheads are closed. The Frijole Ranch and McKittrick Canyon picnic areas are closed. Closed trails in the Pine Springs area include Tejas, Frijole/Foothills, and Bear Canyon Trails. Closed trails in the Dog Canyon area include the Tejas, Bush Mountain, and Marcus Trails. A map of closed areas is available on Inciweb.

Fire Restrictions are in effect. Open fires are always prohibited in the park. Pressurized camp gas stoves are only permitted at Pine Springs and Dog Canyon Campgrounds and the Frijole Ranch Picnic Area (currently closed). Smoking is only permitted inside enclosed vehicles. Fireworks are always prohibited in the park. More information on fire restrictions is available on Inciweb.

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. More info visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7492/  

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