April 19, 2018 Diener Canyon/Bluewater Fires update.

A Calm Day on the Fires Allowed Prep Before Today’s Wind

Wednesday brought a significant moderation in fire weather. Winds were minimal, temperatures were warmer and it was still very dry. There was considerable smoke visible from both fires, however, except for a few spots on the Diener that were quickly caught, the fuels putting up the smoke were burning within the established fire perimeters. Fire burned actively on Salitre Mesa on the Bluewater Fire and also southwest and southeast of the Mesa. Fuels smoldered adjacent to Reynold Draw before flaming up later in the day.

Areas of the Diener Canyon Fire that had been smoldering overnight came to life during the day. Some single trees and small groups of trees torched throughout the day in the vicinity of Mt. Sedgewick producing much of the visible smoke coming from that fire. Helicopters were active all day making a significant number of water drops in support of ground operations. Because of dry fuels and light winds much of the interior fuels have burned out on both fires decreasing the danger of fire spread due to today’s high winds.

Today will bring a return of Red Flag conditions across New Mexico. The most severe conditions, including high winds and low relative humidity will be centered over the Bluewater and Diener Canyon Fires. Firefighters and helicopters should have a short window of good working conditions before weather deteriorates mid-morning. Winds will be blowing out of the southeast for much of the day which will push the fire along the short portion of uncontrolled line on Diener Canyon back into the fire’s interior. Firefighters on Bluewater will be concentrating efforts in the northeast and southwest and increasing overall containment.

Air Quality:  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.

Closures:  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 (TFR) over the fire area is in place.  Operating a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle in the TFR is also strictly forbidden, and dangerous to aircraft employed in fire suppression.

Bluewater/Diener Canyon Fire Information: (575)322-6716 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Diener Canyon Fire Statistics                                               Start date:  April 12, 2018

Size: 9,314 acres                                                                               Location: Mount Sedgwick

Cause: spot fires from Redondo Prescribed Burn                     Containment: 74%


Bluewater Fire Statistics                                                      Start date: April 12, 2018

Size: 3,315 acres                                                                               Location: Salitre Mesa

Cause: abandoned campfire                                                          Containment: 10%

Twitter: @cibola_nf                                                               NM Fire Info webpage:  nmfireinfo.com

G-mail: bdcfires@gmail.com                                               Facebook: www.facebook.com/cibolanf/

Bluewater Fire – Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5741/

Diener Canyon Fire – Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5742/

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