4 p.m. Los Vecinos Community Center in Tijeras is bustling with activity at this hour as evacuations continue for those in the path of the Dog Head Fire.
The Red Cross is running the shelter there as Bernalillo County deputies direct traffic and donations outside.
The shelter can handle hundreds of people for several days and donations that come in are going to the Sheriff’s department, according to spokesman Doug Keaty.
Keaty said animals are being taken in through Bernalillo County Animal Control but workers onsite would not answer questions about how animals are being handled or what animals can be brought here.
About 22 people spent the night last night, with an estimate of how many will need shelter tonight hard to come by. The scene was quite busy at 4 p.m., with children playing, TV cameras, and emergency vehicles coming and going.
Tijeras Mayor Gloria Chavez said the village is opening the senior center so people can take showers.
Local business owner Charlie Pedroncelli is taking donations of towels, shampoo, conditioner and other personal items to help with that effort.
Pedroncelli said he also has land where people can quarter horses if need be. He’s coordinating with the Village and the Red Cross.
Chavez said people can call Diane Klaus for updated information at 505-313-1801. The senior center will be available for showers through the weekend, at least, she said.
To reach Pedroncelli, call 505-362-6427.
Chavez said the Village fire department is on standby, as its equipment is being evaluated by the team in charge of fire personnel.
Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at email@example.com.