The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday evening began a mandatory evacuation of Chilili as the Dog Head Fire, which more than tripled in size, traveled its way.
“It is very, very close to the town itself,” Forest Service spokeswoman Arlene Perea said about 6 p.m. Wednesday. “It’s knocking at the door.”
BCSO spokeswoman Felicia Romero said Wednesday night that the blaze, which reportedly had flame lengths of 100 feet at times, had come within three miles of the town...
Perea estimated that the fire had more than tripled in size since Wednesday morning, when officials reported that it had charred 682 acres. By 11 p.m., it was estimated at 2,000 acres