Dinner Complex Fire

Thursday, August 11th, 2011- 9:00 p.m.     Final Update
The Dinner Complex received a substantial amount of rainfall from the afternoon thunderstorms, and some areas received up to 2 inches. Prior to the afternoon rains, crews were patrolling and mopping up 200 feet in from the fire perimeter. For safety purposes, the crews monitored the fire from safe locations due to possible flash flooding in the arroyos.

The Pecos Zone Type 3 team will transition the fire to a local Type 4 organization on Saturday, August 13th at 6:00 am. The Type 4 Incident Commander (IC) will “shadow” the current IC throughout the day tomorrow and create objectives for the following days.  Remaining resources staying with the Type 4 IC will be a Type 3 helicopter and local agency engine.

The Dinner Complex is approximately 3,200 acres and 100% contained; the fires were flown and mapped again today with no increase in acreage.

  • Dinner Fire –  3119 acres                    Mc Kittrick Fire– 78 acres
  • Big Fire – 2 acres                                Devil’s Den Fire – 1 acre

Closures: The US Forest Service will be closing the following roads for both firefighter and public safety, except for official traffic:

  • FS Road 527               FS Road 70
  • FS Road 540

The Guadalupe Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest will open the above road systems when the Type 4 organization deems it is safe for travel.


Wednesday, August 10th, 2011- 9:00 p.m.
The Dinner Complex (includes Dinner, Big, McKittrick and Devil’s Den fires) was reported Saturday, August 6, 2011and is located 8 miles south of Queen, NM. A thunderstorm developed over the Guadalupe Mountain Range and ignited all three fires, and all three fires are burning on Lincoln National Forest lands.

Due to a passing afternoon thunderstorm, the Dinner Fire received considerable amount of moisture throughout the fire which helped with containment efforts. Crews patrolled and mopped up along the fire’s edge to make sure that there were no visible smokes or heat close to the line. Tomorrow, the crews will continue to patrol and mop up.

The Mc Kittrick Fire increased in size today, 78 acres, due to fuels (grass, brush, etc) heating up over the last couple of days and the winds from passing thunderstorms. Crews will mop up and patrol the fire tomorrow.  Both the Big and Devil’s Den Fires have not grown in the last 36 hours and there were no visible smokes detected.

The Dinner Complex is approximately 3,200 acres and 70% contained; the increase in acreage is due to more precise aerial mapping:

  • Dinner Fire –  3119 acres                    Mc Kittrick Fire– 78 acres
  • Big Fire – 2 acres                                Devil’s Den Fire – 1 acre

Objectives for the crews tomorrow will continue to keep the fires north and east of Guadalupe Mountains National Park; east of Forest Service Road 540; south of Forest Road 69; and the eastern edge will run into the Lookout Fire.

Closures: The US Forest Service will be closing the following roads for both firefighter and public safety, except for official traffic:

  • FS Road 527               FS Road 70
  • FS Road 540

Approximately 161 personnel are assigned to the Dinner Complex.

Resources include personnel and equipment from: US Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Eddy County resources


Tuesday, August 9th, 2011- 9:00 p.m.
The Dinner Complex (includes Dinner, Big, McKittrick and Devil’s Den fires) was reported Saturday, August 6, 2011and is located 8 miles south of Queen, NM. A thunderstorm developed over the Guadalupe Mountain Range and ignited all three fires, and all three fires are burning on Lincoln National Forest lands.

Today crews made tremendous progress, on the Dinner Fire, by securing the fire perimeter to existing blackline and road systems through burn out operations along Forest Road 5523 and 527. The burn out operations were initiated early this afternoon and crews had favorable conditions to attain all objectives.

Additional resources observed considerable internal heat within the Mc Kittrick Fire but there was no increase in acreage; crews will continue to monitor this fire. Both the Big and Devil’s Den Fires have not grown in the last 24 hours and there were no visible smokes detected.

The Dinner Complex is approximately 3,079 acres and 55% contained; the increase in acreage is due to more precise aerial mapping:

  • Dinner Fire – 3,002 acres        Mc Kittrick Fire– 74 acres
  • Big Fire – 2 acres                    Devil’s Den Fire – 1 acre

Objectives for the crews tomorrow will continue to keep the fires north and east of Guadalupe Mountains National Park; east of Forest Service Road 540; south of Forest Road 69; and the eastern edge will run into the Lookout Fire.

Closures: The US Forest Service will be closing the following roads for both firefighter and public safety, except for official traffic:

  • FS Road 527               FS Road 70
  • FS Road 540

Approximately 168 personnel are assigned to the Dinner Complex.

Resources include personnel and equipment from: US Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Eddy County resources

For more information, please visit: http://nmfireinfo.com.

 

A PUBLIC MEETING WILL BE HELD TOMORROW, AUGUST 10TH at 8:00 PM –
QUEEN FIRE DEPARTMENT


Monday, August 8th, 2011- 9:30 p.m.
The Dinner Complex (includes Dinner, Big, McKittrick and Devils Den fires) was reported Saturday, August 6, 2011and is located 8 miles south of Queen, NM. A thunderstorm rolled over the Guadalupe Mountain Range and ignited all three fires, and all three fires are burning on Lincoln National Forest lands.

Crews continued to work aggressively to secure the fire perimeter by conducting burn out operations on different sections of the fire. Passing thunderstorms continue to create erratic weather conditions around the Dinner Fire producing strong downdrafts with wind gusts up to 25 mph. This caused the fire to make strong runs through the Cottonwood and Dark Canyon areas.

Another fire was reported from this afternoon’s passing thunderstorm, Devils Den, but a significant about of moisture was observed moving over the fire area. There were no heat observed near the fire perimeter on the Big Fire but the Mc Kittrick Fire had some internal isolated torching with short runs in the grass/brush understory.

The Dinner Complex is approximately 688 acres and the increase in acreage is due to more accurate aerial mapping:

  • Dinner Fire – 611 acres           Mc Kittrick Fire– 74 acres
  • Big Fire – 2 acres                    Devils Den Fire – 1 acre

Objectives for the crews tomorrow will continue to keep the fires north and east of Guadalupe Mountains National Park; east of Forest Service Road 540; south of Forest Road 69; and the eastern edge will run into the Lookout Fire.

Crews on the Dinner Fire will continue to prep along trails and road systems for possible burnout operations to keep the fire from burning over Forest Road 527 and moving north.

Closures: The US Forest Service will be closing the following roads for both firefighter and public safety, except for official traffic:

  • FS Road 527               FS Road 70
  • FS Road 540

Approximately 159 personnel are assigned to the Dinner Complex.

Resources include personnel and equipment from: US Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Eddy County resources

For more information, please visit: http://nmfireinfo.com.

A PUBLIC MEETING WILL BE HELD TOMORROW, AUGUST 9TH at 8:00 PM –

QUEEN FIRE DEPARTMENT


Monday, August 8th, 2011- 8:00 a.m.
The Dinner Complex (includes Dinner, Big, and McKittrick fires) was reported Saturday, August 6, 2011 and is located 8 miles south of Queen, NM. A thunderstorm rolled over the Guadalupe Mountain Range and ignited all three fires, and all three fires are burning on Lincoln National Forest lands.

The Dinner Fire is the largest at 200 acres, Mc Kittrick Fire is 60 acres and the Big Fire is 2 acres. All three fires are in steep, rugged terrain burning in grass, brush and pine/pinion trees, which makes suppression activities very difficult. Aerial resources will play a vital part in both monitoring their activities and helping with suppression tactics.

Objectives for the crews today will be to keep the fires north of Guadalupe Mountains National Park; east of Forest Service Road 540; south of Forest Road 69; and the eastern edge will run into the Lookout Fire.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) around the fires will be in effect starting today; a 5 mile radius is being set up for the Dinner Fire and 2 mile radius will be set up for each of the Big and Mc Kittrick fires.

Both Hotshot and engine crews from the Lincoln National Forest worked through the day on Sunday to contain the fires but were unable to stop the fires progress with the resources assigned to the fire. Additional resources have been ordered and will be arriving to the fire today.

The Pecos Zone Type III Incident Management Team was also ordered to assist with the management of the fires last night and will take over the complex today at 10:00 am.

Fire behavior was very active on both the Dinner and Mc Kittrick fires today and crews, helicopters and heavy air tankers have been working to keep the fires within the proposed containment lines.  The Big Fire received a significant amount of rain over the fire perimeter and a few smokes were observed.

Closures: The US Forest Service will be closing the following roads for both firefighter and public safety, except for official traffic:

  • FS Road 527
  • FS Road 70
  • FS Road 540

Approximately 100 personnel are assigned to the Dinner Complex.

Resources include personnel and equipment from: US Forest Service and Eddy County

For more information, please visit: http://nmfireinfo.com

A PUBLIC MEETING WILL BE HELD TODAY, AUGUST 8TH at 8:00 PM –

QUEEN FIRE DEPARTMENT