Hondo Valley fire 60 percent contained

Incident report from the fire lines:

Smoke rises from the Donaldson Fire, which has scorched almost 100,000 acres in southeastern New Mexico.

Good progress continues as firefighters work to complete containment lines around the perimeter of the Donaldson Fire.

While parts of the fire are into patrol and mop-up, other parts of the interior (islands of vegetation) still have active flame. Fire personnel are working to contain the outside edges of the fire to prevent further movement. Additional acreage is due to fire growth on the west flank in addition to burnout operations along FR 443 (Hale Lake Road). The east and southeast sides of the fire perimeter have cooled and are showing minimal fire activity.

The Donaldson Fire is burning primarily on private property and also on Mesaclero-Apache Tribal lands, State Forestry, and Forest Service lands.

Fire personnel are closely monitoring and patrolling the fire by air and ground.
A public meeting was held yesterday at 4 PM in San Patricio to provide an update on the Donaldson Fire.
About 42 people were in attendance. Another meeting will be held today at 4 PM at the San Patricio (St. Jude’s) Community Center Hall.

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Tuesday June 28 approximately. 9 a.m.
Location 10 miles South of Hondo, NM
Incident Commander Pierson
Current Situation
Total Personnel 704
Size 96,745 acres
Percent Contained 60 percent
Estimated Containment Date Friday July 08 approximately. 6 p.m.
Fuels Involved
Pinion/ Juniper/Tall Grass (2.5 feet tall)
Fire Behavior
Moderate to active fire behavior on north west portion of fire. Backing and flanking with single tree and group torching.
Significant Events
Plastic Sphere Dispenser (PSD) operations (aerial burnout) was successful in DIV’s Y, X, & S. Alamo Canyon Group utilizing direct fireline operations in many active fire edge areas. Mop-up continues in DIV’s M&N.
Planned Actions
Continue structure protection. Division X, N, M conduct burn outs and line building.
Growth Potential
Terrain Difficulty
A public meeting was held at St. Jude’s Parish Hall in San Patricio. One barn destroyed.
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 20 mph SE
Temperature 90 degrees
Humidity 22 percent



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