Wrap-up of press releases we have gotten today at The Independent as our reporter has been out working the story.
From the East Mountain Coalition of Neighborhoods, passing along information, the American Red Cross is asking that people not bring unsolicited donations to the shelter set up at Los Vecinos Community Center in Tijeras.
The Village is coordinating an effort that includes seeking donations of items for people to shower at the Senior Center, like shampoo, soap and towels.
At 4:32 p.m., Bernalillo County issued a statement listing the size of the fire at 12,300 acres, which was reported at 2:30 a.m. June 15.
According to Bernalillo County, the fire is still heading in a northeasterly direction from Chilili.
The fire is being classified as a #6, which is the “highest threat,” the press release says.
Highway 337 is closed from Interstate 40 to 217.
The 337 and 217 intersection is closed to all civilian traffic.
Highway 337 at Ponderosa Campgrounds may be closed to civilian traffic as early as 6 p.m. today, the release says.
Evacuations have been ordered for Chilili, Escobosa, Seis Hermanos Estates, Marianette Ranch Estates, Llano del Sol, Tierra de los Sueños, Ponderosa Estates, Capital Estates and Ponderosa Pines subdivisions.
In addition, residences southwest of the intersection of 217 and 337 are evacuating.
National Guard teams are on-scene as well.
An update from the Forest Service at 3 p.m. expanded the evacuation area in Torrance County. Evacuations are ordered from the northern boundary of the Torrance County line, eastern boundary of Peacock Road (County Road 30), western boundary of the Manzano Mountains and southern boundary of Highway 55.
A press release from the Governor’s office at 3 p.m. announced that Gov. Susana Martinez secured federal funds to help fight the Dog Head Fire, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.
“As we continue to move forward with our coordinated response to the Dog Head Fire, this grant will help to ensure we can continue to support our local partners in covering costs associated with fighting the fire,” Governor Martinez said. “We’ll continue to do all we can in coordinating all available resources to protect New Mexicans’ lives and property from this dangerous fire.”
The press release says the federal funds will cover 75 percent of the cost of fighting the fire.
Yesterday, Governor Martinez activated the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center to assist in the coordinated response to the fire, and also declared a state of emergency to enable counties to order and pay for additional resources needed to help with this emergency. State agencies such as the New Mexico State Police, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, New Mexico State Forestry, and others are assisting with the response to the fire. The Governor has also directed the New Mexico National Guard to assist with the response.
The state Department of Health issued guidelines for those downwind of the smoke, urging people who are sensitive or have respiratory issues to stay indoors.
They advise keeping doors and windows closed and not running swamp coolers.
Other press releases received by The Independent came early in the day and had outdated information at the time this story was published.
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