6:30 p.m. Update: The fire never was on Isleta Pueblo, said Forest Service spokeswoman Victoria Fox.

She had very little news to report. Asked where people were being evacuated, Fox did not have an answer.

She also didn’t know how many firefighters or agencies are battling this fire right now. Fox did say a “Type 2 Team” will be taking over management of those efforts tomorrow at 6 p.m.

5:50 p.m. “It’s a big threat.” That was the latest word from Arlene Perea of the Forest Service on the Dog Head Fire.

Officials want those northeast of the fire to be prepared to evacuate. The fire is moving generally northeast, Perea said.

The fire is still growing and there is no containment at all at this point. What happens tonight will be critical, she said. Dozens of firefighters are on scene although Perea did not have a solid number.

The weather prediction for the coming week is hot and dry. “We’re hoping to get some humidity and cooler temperatures, and see what that does,” Perea said.

The photo was taken earlier this afternoon in Tajique by Robert Castle:

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4:30 p.m. From Arlene Perea at the Forest Service:

Fire is growing and “probably over 100 acres right now.” The nearest people are a few miles away.

“Multiple resources,” meaning different firefighting agencies, are working on the fire, including the Forest Service, State Forestry, Bernalillo County and Torrance County.

There are two Hot Shot teams with 20 members each and a third has been called, along with a third air tanker. Perea said they are working the fire mostly from the air right now because it’s the hottest part of the day. People were on the ground early on but were pulled out because of the danger to them.

Inlow Youth Camp was evacuated because, as Perea said, “They had over 120 kids there. We felt like it was better to go ahead and get them out.”

We will post further updates as we learn more.

3:30 p.m. The Forest Service sent us latitude and longitude on the fire, which is about a mile north of Fourth of July Campground according to Google Maps. Last word was 30 acres in size. A giant smoke plume is visible throughout the Estancia Valley and East Mountains.

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2:30 p.m. From the Forest Service. I called her and the PIO said this fire is up to 30 acres. Our production guy estimates it’s somewhere close to Chilili, but the PIO could not pinpoint that for me any closer at this point. We’ll post updates as we get them.

Dog Head Fire Starts on Mountainair Ranger District

Albuquerque, NM, June 14, 2016 – Smoke from the Dog Head Fire, located on Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands’ Mountain Air Ranger District, is visible from the Albuquerque area. The fire is burning in logging slash, approximately ¼ acre south of the Isleta boundary. At 12:30 PM, it was an estimated 6 to 8 acres in size.

One Hot Shot crew is on scene. Numerous additional resources have been ordered and are in route. These include one Hot Shot crew, one Type 2 Initial Attack crew, one Type 1 helicopter, one Type 3 helicopter, 2 air tankers, and one air attack. The fire is currently being managed by a Type 3 (local) team.

Additional updates will be sent as new information is received.

For more information about Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands, visit our website http://www.fs.usda.gov/cibola or follow the conversation at www.facebook.com/cibolanf.

Leota Harriman
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