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Dog Fire

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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 31, 2021

Dog Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 5/31/2021

 Dog Fire – May 31, 2021 Update

Dog Fire Placed in Patrol and Monitor Status Due to Recent Rain

Acres:   1,959 acres
Percent Containment: 23%
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: 59 personnel
Fire Information:
915-236-1177 (8am – 5pm, MDT)

The Dog Fire is now 1,959 acres in size and is 23% contained.

The fire remains a full suppression fire. Due to recent rain and minimal fire activity, firefighters will patrol and monitor for any fire activity along the fire’s perimeter and can take needed action if necessary. Work to repair the impacts of fire suppression operations will continue. This includes constructing water bars on fire lines located on steep slopes to prevent run-off and erosion, and falling hazard trees adjacent to trails. Defensive preparations were completed for four historic structures threatened by the fire. Work was also completed for other values potentially threatened at lower elevations of the park.

Operational resources assigned to the fire include: 1 engine (Bureau of Indian Affairs).

The area closure has been revised effective tomorrow, June 1. The Smith Spring Trail, Frijole Trail, and Foothills Trail will reopen on June 1. The Butterfield Stage Ruins and the Frijole Ranch including the picnic area will reopen on June 1.

The Bear Canyon Trail, Tejas Trail, and all backcountry trails including those accessed from Dog Canyon remain closed. The McKittrick Canyon area including the picnic area remains closed.

The Pine Springs Visitor Center, Pine Springs Campground, and Dog Canyon Campground remain open. The. Guadalupe Peak Trail, El Capitan Trail, and Salt Basin Trial remain open.

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. 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.

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