Bluewater and Diener Canyon Fire Updates for April 20, 2018

Windy Day on the Fireline, Lines Hold with Hard Work

Red Flag conditions on Thursday included a significant increase in the winds and warmer and very dry conditions. There was considerable fire activity at a few spots along the southeast portion of the Bluewater Fire. Three hotshot crews and two type two crews were in place to manage the flare-ups. Other activities focused on chipping on the Forest Road 178 road along the western flanks of both fires and gridding (firefighters searching for hot spots in a grid pattern) along completed fireline.

Helicopters were active early in the day (until the winds exceeded safe operation levels) supporting ground operations. Interior islands of unburned fuels continued to burn out on both fires decreasing the danger of fire spread.

The incident management team began a concerted effort to “right size” the numbers of firefighters on these incidents. Additional crews will be released as more fireline is completed.

Today will bring temperatures generally 20 degrees cooler than yesterday and relative humidity will be much higher including a chance of limited moisture over the fires later in the day. There is even a possibility of late night snow. Winds out of the west will not reach the levels as compared to Thursday. Firefighters on the Bluewater Fire will be concentrating efforts mopping up and securing existing control lines on the north and west flanks. They will continue constructing line and patrolling for any hot spots on the southeast perimeter where the fire was most active yesterday. Activities on the Diener Canyon Fire will mainly focus on mopping up and securing existing control lines in addition to working on rehabilitation of fireline construction.

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.

Diener Canyon Fire Statistics

Start date:  April 12, 2018

Size: 9,338 acres

Location: Mount Sedgwick

Cause: spot fires from Redondo Prescribed Burn

Containment: 91%

Bluewater Fire Statistics

Start date: April 12, 2018

Size: 3,387 acres

Location: Salitre Mesa

Cause: abandoned campfire

Containment: 58%

Bluewater:  1 Type 2 crew, 1 engine, 3 dozers, 29 personnel

Diener Canyon: 3 Type1 crews, 5 Type 2 crews, 3 helicopters, 10 engines, 5 water tenders, 346 personnel

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

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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