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Diener Canyon Fire

Unit Information

Cibola National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2113 Osuna Rd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

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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
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cibolanf/
Twitter: @cibola_nf
Bluewater Fire - Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5741/
Diener Canyon Fire - Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5742/

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseSpot Fire From Prescribed Fire
Date of OriginThursday April 12th, 2018 approx. 04:00 PM
Location7 miles south of Bluewater, NM
Incident CommanderRyan Romero ICT3
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates35.191 latitude, -108.136 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel27
Size9,338 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateThursday May 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory) Short Grass (1 foot) Light Logging Slash Narrative: Fire is burning in ponderosa pine litter and short grasses.

Significant Events

Minimal activity, backing, creeping, smoldering.There are some smokes interior of the fire than can be seen from Interstate 40.

Outlook

Planned Actions

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.

Remarks

Albuquerque Type 3 IMT took command of the fire 4/22/18, at 0600 hours

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

No weather concerns through the next week.