Donaldson Fire update

New Mexico Type II Interagency Incident


Management Team


Friday, July 1, 2011, A.M. Fire Information: (575) 313-7824

Detected: June 28, 2011 Start date: June 28, 2011

Acres: 75,603 Structures Threatened: Approximately 80

Containment: 10% Location: South of US Hwy 70 in Hondo, NM

Fuel Type: Pi�on/Juniper, brush and grass Cause: Lightning

Total personnel: 347 Terrain: Rugged/Inaccessible

Resources: 10 Crews, 19 Engines, 5 Dozers, Available air support: 3 Helicopters, 2 SEATS

4 Water Tenders 3 Air Tankers

Transition to the New Mexico Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) took place today at 6:00 a.m.

Summary: The Donaldson Fire is burning primarily on private property and also in Mesaclero-Apache Tribal lands and Forest Service. Major progress was made yesterday as firefighters conducted a burnout operation successfully holding the Donaldson Fire west of Picacho Road.

Evacuation remains in effect for residents within the Alamo Canyon area along Alamo Canyon Road due to fire activity in that area.

A public meeting will be held in San Patricio at St. Jude’s Parish Hall today at 4 pm to provide more information on the Donaldson Fire.

Higher humidity early this morning is offering an advantage today for suppression activities as firefighters continue to work keeping fire east of FR 443, west of Picacho, south of US Highway 70, and north of Pine Tree Canyon. Spotting will be a concern as temperatures become warmer and gusty winds from the southeast increase this afternoon.

The structure protection group will continue assessing needs to protect multiple structures that are threatened by the fire along US Highway 70. Air support (air tankers and helicopters) will be utilized for retardant and water drops throughout the day as long as wind conditions allow.

Advisory: Smoke from the Donaldson Fire is impacting communities of Hondo, Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, Capitan, Lincoln, Fort Stanton, Picacho, Tinnie, San Patricio, Glencoe, and other surrounding areas. For information about air quality and health effects related to smoke from wildfires, go to or call the New Mexico Nurse Advice Line at 1-877-725-2552.

Please use caution if driving along US Highway 70 due to an increase in fire traffic as well as public travel during Fourth of July weekend.

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