Dog Canyon Fire

FIRE FACT SHEET
US DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR * BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
LAS CRUCES DISTRICT OFFICE * 1800 MARQUESS STREET * LAS CRUCES, NM 88005


For Immediate Release

February 27, 2011 (8:00 pm)
For Additional Information
Loretta Benavidez 575.749.3278
Jennifer Myslivy 505.670.4829

FACT SHEET – Dog Canyon Fire – February 27, 2011 (8:00 pm)

Detected: February 24, 2011

Cause: Human-Caused (the cause of the fire is under investigation)

Location: 50 miles southwest of Carlsbad, NM

Current size: 3,418 acres.  This is the corrected acreage, following yesterday’s GPS mapping mission.

Containment: 70%

Agency: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), New Mexico State Forestry (NMSF), and private land.

Fuel Type: Grass and piñon/juniper

Fire Behavior: Today, high winds were experienced on the fire, however, the containment lines held and firefighters were able to transition to mop-up activities by this evening. Over the next few days, firefighters will be focusing their efforts on mopping-up, and securing and patrolling firelines.

Resources: Type III Incident Command Organization led by Tom McKibbin is overseeing fire suppression activities. Resources from the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, New Mexico State Forestry and area volunteer departments responded.  Today, firefighting resources were being released (demobed) and approximately 185 personnel remain assigned to the fire. Additional demobilization of firefighting resources, including equipment, is expected to continue tomorrow and throughout the upcoming week.

Structures Threatened: No structures are threatened.

Closures:  Dog Canyon Campground has been closed, but may re-open within the next day or two.

-BLM-