An hour ago they announced 46% containment of the Dog Head Forest Fire including the northeast line, which is on my side of the fire.
I am relieved and grateful to nearly 900 firefighters working to suppress the fire.
For the last few days they held it at highway 337 but didn’t call it contained. Today they predict less smoke, too. If it rains Thursday, that may be the end of it. I certainly hope so. I no longer expect rain from our rainy days, it rarely happens, then maybe a brief shower up to 1/4 inch. Depends on how you define rain! Firefighters say increased humidity helps too.
The wildlife corridor that my property backs up to runs north and south along the Manzano and Sandia mountains, and it is this wildlife corridor that has burned. Loss of 18,000 acres of wild area is a big loss for wildlife already stressed by Albuquerque growth and years of drought. Brer Rabbit will be fine, but Brer Bear and Brer Puma need large ranges that were already threatened. We’ll see how they do this year.