This page contains updates on wildfires relevant to Philmont and our participants.
June 22, 2016; 10:00AM MDT
The Dog Head fire has not grown in overall size during the past two days. Currently at 17,912 acres burned. The fire is now 61% contained, and fire crews were able to make significant progress yesterday. The objectives today are to maintain existing fire lines with concern on the North of the fire, where afternoon winds gusting to 17 mph will test the existing lines. Temperatures are cooling and overnight humidity helped in controlling the fire.
Here is a link to the fire information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4784/
Weather: Fortunately the forecast is for temperatures that are 5-8 degrees cooler than the last few days with highs in base camp in the mid-80’s. There is a possibility of afternoon thunderstorms, therefore vigilance in keeping an eye out for lightning strikes and smoke will be important.
June 20, 2016; 7:30AM MDT
In regards to weather, there is a chance of a cooler temperatures beginning Wednesday of this week.
In regards to the Dog Head fire, the significant changes are that the fire did not grow significantly from the last report, currently 17,891 acres and at last report (updated at 9:30 pm last night) is 9% contained. They are projecting southerly wind flow over the next 48 hours, so we will probably not have smoke in the area for a couple of days.
June 19, 2016; 4:30PM MDT
The Ranch is aware of and monitoring two events, and has procedures and plans in place to address either if they become an issue for our participants on the Ranch and in the backcountry.
The first is higher-than-average temperatures at the property, and, as such, we are encouraging participants to hike in the cooler morning hours and reminding all involved of the importance of hydration. Our dedicated medical staff is also closely monitoring both participants and staff for any health concerns related to higher temperatures.
Additionally, we are tracking the Dog Head Fire, originating from the Manzano Mountains, location is approximately 140 miles from the property. While that may seem far away, our logistics office is proactively monitoring smoke from the fire, some of which has made it to nearby towns, which may have been seen or smelled by participants. As the fire continues to burn we will monitor wind direction and effects of the smoke on our staff and participants.