Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in New Mexico are responding to the Dog Head fire, which is affecting Torrance and Bernalillo counties, according to ARRL New Mexico Section Emergency Coordinator Bill Mader, K8TE. Mandatory evacuations have been under way in both counties. The fire has claimed 24 homes and 21 “other minor structures,” fire officials said. The cause of the fire, which now comprises more than 16,000 acres, remains under investigation.
ARES teams in Torrance and Valencia counties have activated, and Sandoval County ARES is on standby. Mader anticipates that the State of New Mexico Emergency Operations Center (EOC), where he is stationed, will shift to 24/7 operation by this evening (June 17).
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