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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
National Park Service
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 30, 2021

Dog Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 5/30/2021

 Dog Fire – May 30, 2021 Update

Minimal Fire Activity Expected Today Due to Rain Last Night

Acres:   1,959 acres
Percent Containment: 20%
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: 86 personnel
Fire Information:                    
         915-236-1177 (8am – 5pm, MDT)

The Dog Fire is now 1,959 acres in size (an increase of 96 acres from yesterday) and is 20% contained.

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.

Significant rain fell on the fire area last night. Up to 1 inch of rain fell over the fire area in the higher elevations of the park, and ¼ inch fell in the lower elevations. There will be minimal fire activity today due to the recent precipitation, and due to increased relative humidity and lower temperatures associated with cloud cover over the fire. More thunderstorms with additional chances for rain are predicted for today. Firefighters are prepared to take shelter from winds and lightning if needed when thunderstorms approach.

Firefighters continue making progress on the fire: 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 to monitor fire spread and take action as needed where it is safe to do so. They continue making good progress in creating defensible space around National Park and neighboring values at risk in the lower elevation of the park. Some demobilization of resources will occur today.

Resources assigned to the fire include: 2 crews (National Park Service), 3 engines (U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs), and one Type 3 helicopter (Bureau of Indian Affairs).

Smoke and Air Quality may be impacted by the Dog Fire depending on fire activity and weather conditions. 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. Information on the 5-3-1 Visibility Method for protecting yourself against smoke impacts can be found at NM Environmental Public Health Tracking. The air quality forecast for Carlsbad, New Mexico can be found at

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 InciwebThe Pine Springs Visitor Center remains open.

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Unauthorized drone use in the fire area is a safety hazard to other aircraft and is prohibited. Every time an unauthorized drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. For more information visit Know Before You Fly.



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