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06/17/2016 3:03 PM | Nancy Carpenter

Bernalillo County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Situation Report

Event Name: Dog Head Fire


DATE AND TIME: 6/16/2016, 2000


Evacuation Operations

Sheltering Operations

Ensure the protection of life and property

Coordinate County Resources

Standby Structure Protection


On June 14, 2016, a fire was reported on the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands’ Mountainair Ranger District known as the Dog Head Fire. The fire started approximately 10 miles West of Estancia and has spread northeast and has grown to an approximate size of 16,000 acres as of 2000 hours today.

Two (20 person) Hot Shot crews are on site as well as 4 helicopters, 2 lead planes, 1 air attack, 6 single engine air tankers, and 6 air tankers.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed responsibility of the fire at 1800 6/15/2016. Type 1 Incident Management Team (IMT) was requested and will arrive sometime this weekend (6/18/2016).

There is currently a mandatory evacuation notice for the town of Chilili, Escobosa, El Merced, Los Seis Hermanos Estates, Marianette Ranch Estates, Llano Del Sol, Tierra De Los Suenos, Ponderosa Estates, Capital Estates and Ponderosa Pines. Additionally, all residences that are located southwest of the intersection of Highway 217 and Highway 337 and all residence that are located south of Highway 217 and east of Highway 337 to the county line are asked to evacuate. The fire is active on the north and south flanks. As of 2000 the fire has not crossed highway 337.

According to the "Haynes Index" used by fire personnel to measure the threat of wildfires the Dog Head Fire is at a #6 which is considered the highest threat.

The fire is "spotting" and igniting fires as far as 1.5 miles from the main fire source.


Highway 337 from Interstate 40 to Highway 217 is closed to local traffic only.

Highway 337 at the Highway 217 intersection is completely closed to ALL civilian traffic.

Highway 217 at Martinez road is CLOSED to all civilian traffic.

Highway 337 at Ponderosa Campgrounds may be closed to all traffic as early as 1800 today

Governor Susana Martinez has officially declared a state of emergency due to the Dog Head Fire on 06/15/2016.


As of 2000 hours an estimated 18 structures have been damaged due to the fire.


ESF # 4 Fire Fighting

ESF # 5 Emergency Management

ESF # 6 Mass Care (Park and Rec, Animal Services)

ESF #7 Logistics Management and Resource Support (Purchasing and Asset Management)

ESF # 13 Law Enforcement

ESF # 15 External Affairs

Support: New Mexico National Guard (Army/Air Force)


Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department-Captain Josh Campos (505) 220-0657

15-person x 1 Law Enforcement Strike Team

20 National Guard members assisting the Sheriff’s Office

Bernalillo County Fire Department Resources-Division Chief Chris Gober (505) 263-4635

Currently on RMP

Div. Chief Chris Gober

Brush 30: with 3 personnel

Tender 35: with 2 personnel

Responding units for structural protection until Strike force assembled

Bat 7: with 1 personnel

Brush 46: with 2 personnel

Eng. 54: with 2 personnel

Tender 43: with 2 personnel

Mutual Aid Departments

Wildland 1: w/1 personnel

AFD Brush truck: w/ 3 personnel

AFD Eng.: w/ 3 personnel

County Public Works-Brad Catanach (505) 848-1518

7,000-gallon water tank that is now stationed in Chilili.

Animal Services-Misha Goodman (505) 975-5945

Small Animal Shelter

Small Animal Transport Vehicle

Large Animal Shelter

Large Animal Transport

OHSEM-Richard Clark (505) 382-4640

Shelter Trailer

Park and Recreation-Andrew Parra @ 999-9086 until 2200; Jr LaFarge Esparza @ 328-4818 after 22:00

2 Shelter workers


Larry Gallegos 505-328-6668

Deputy Felicia Romero 505- 259-6126

National Guard

Army LNO – SGM Checkley

Air Force LNO – SMSG Valenti

20 National Guard Soldiers w/four vehicles

2 National Guard Soldiers with Governor’s transport


Electronic sign boards to the highways to put evacuation/ shelter information for residents.

Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5 Liaison Officer-

Scott Cooke 928-792-9080

OPEN SHELTERS: Bernalillo County along with the Red Cross have opened a shelter in Tijeras in response to the fire.

Los Vecinos Community Center: 478 1/2 Old Hwy 66 Tijeras, NM 87059

Shelter Population: 40

Pet Population: 58


A heat wave pattern is building over New Mexico as a powerful dome of high pressure takes hold of the state. Temperatures will trend hotter each afternoon through the weekend then peak on Monday. High temperatures will reach into the 80`s and lower 90`s over the high terrain and between 95 and 105 in the lower elevations. Record high temperatures are likely for western New Mexico. Moisture will begin to seep into the state around Tuesday and temper the heat wave for at least eastern New Mexico. The coverage of showers and storms will also be on the increase by the middle of next week for at least the northern high terrain.

Dog Head Spot Weather:

Clouds/weather: Sunny.

Chance of precip: 0 percent.

Temperature: max 84-88.

Relative humidity: min 8-13 percent.

Winds: west winds 5 to 10 mph increasing to southwest 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon, gusts up to 35 mph.

Transport wind: southwest 18 knots.

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