Cibola National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Firefighters Make Progress Utilizing Favorable Weather
The Diener Canyon Fire (6,106 acres) is burning on Mount Sedgwick within the old fire scar from 2004. The Bluewater fire (2,532 acres) is located approximately 4 miles north of the Diener Canyon Fire on Salitre Mesa.
On Saturday afternoon firefighters engaged in a successful firing operation on the west end of the Diener Canyon Fire, taking advantage of lighter wind. Low intensity fire backed downhill to Forest Road 178, efficiently consuming light fuels in the process.
On the north side of the Bluewater Fire windrows of dead uprooted juniper trees were consumed and helicopters dropped water on flames in north side canyons where Ponderosa pine timber predominates.
Today, firefighters plan to complete a burn out between Forest Road 425 and the east flank of the Diener Canyon fire while conditions are favorable, in anticipation of Red Flag conditions on Monday. Fire crews will work directly on the fire’s edge on the Bluewater Fire. Three helicopters are available to assist in these efforts. Structure Protection crews will continue to assess preparation needs in the La Jara subdivision.
Residents of Bluewater Acres, Bluewater Village/Plano Colorado Estates and La Jara subdivisions continue to be under a pre-evacuation notice. In the event of an evacuation, an evacuation center is located at Grants High School, and the Grants Rodeo Grounds can be used to house livestock.
Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at https://nmtracking.org/fire.
Fire investigators have determined that multiple spot fires from the Redondo Prescribed Burn started the Diener Canyon Fire.
A closure order has been issued for the Forest in the area of the wildfires. Bluewater Lake State Park is also closed to the public.
A Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire area is in place.
Bluewater and Diener Canyon Fire Information:
NM Fire Info webpage: nmfireinfo.com
Bluewater Fire - Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5741/
Diener Canyon Fire - Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5742/
|Current as of|
|Cause||Spot Fire From Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Thursday April 12th, 2018 approx. 04:00 PM|
|Location||7 miles south of Bluewater, NM|
|Incident Commander||Ryan Romero ICT3|
|Coordinates||35.191 latitude, -108.136 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||95%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday May 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Litter and Understory) Short Grass (1 foot) Light Logging Slash Narrative: Fire is burning in ponderosa pine litter and short grasses.
Minimal activity, backing, creeping, smoldering.There are some smokes interior of the fire than can be seen from Interstate 40.
Mopping up and securing existing control lines. Continue with rehab work. Possibly life closure order.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours: Larger diameter logs and stump holes continuing to burn out throughout the interior of the fire. These fuels pose a minimal threat to containment under predicted weather and environmental conditions. Some small green islands are burning out on the interior. Continue demobilization of crews and engines.
24 hours: Larger diameter logs and stump holes continuing to burn out throughout the interior of the fire. These fuels pose a minimal threat to containment under predicted weather and environmental conditions. Some small green islands are burning out on the interior. Transition to a Type 4 organization on 4-26-2018.
48 hours: Larger diameter logs and stump holes continuing to burn out throughout the interior of the fire. These fuels pose a minimal threat to containment under predicted weather and environmental conditions. Some small green islands are burning out on the interior.
72 hours: Interior isolated stump holes to continue to burn out and produce minimal smoke. Smoke will likely be visible from perimeter roads, but not produce a threat to containment. Anticipated after 72 hours: Interior individual areas producing small amounts of residual smoke as fuels and stumps burn out. No perimeter growth anticipated under currently predicted environmental conditions.
Albuquerque Type 3 IMT took command of the fire 4/22/18, at 0600 hours
No weather concerns through the next week.