Bluewater/Diener Canyon Fire Update 4/21/18

Fire Management Team Transfers Command to Incoming Team Sunday April 22

Yesterday crews on the Bluewater Fire kept fire growth to a minimum near Forest Road (FR) 575 as they battled strong, gusty winds. Firefighters strengthened containment lines on the northeast corner of the fire, while helicopters held the containment line on the north side with bucket drops of water.

Crews worked the west and south sides of the Diener Canyon Fire, chipping brush and woody material into mulch. The remainder of the perimeter was patrolled by firefighters looking for hotspots.  Safety officers identified hazard trees, which will be removed today north of FR 504.

Today crews will continue to patrol and mop up around both fires, and continue with rehabilitation work, to mitigate resource damage caused by suppression activities. This work involves chipping woody material, water barring containment lines on slopes, and cleaning out clogged culverts on access roads.  Smoke may be visible as interior fuels continue to burn, but containment lines will prevent fire from moving into unburned areas. Snow fell on upper elevations of the fire overnight, suppressing smoke temporarily.

Effective 6:00 AM Sunday, April 22, the Albuquerque Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will assume management of both fires. Information for both fires will continue to be available from the sources listed below.

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

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. In addition, the Bureau of Land Management Land has temporarily closed public lands in Cibola County within the area of the Bluewater Fire to all unauthorized entry, effective immediately.  This closure affects public lands within the Bluewater Creek Area of Critical Environmental Concern, about 9 miles northwest of Milan, NM, and adjacent public lands administered by the BLM.  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: 9,338   acres                                                                        Location: Mount Sedgwick

Cause: spot fires from Redondo Prescribed Burn               Containment: 91 %

Diener Canyon: 2 Type 2 crews, 3 helicopters, 4 engines, 1 water tender, 174 personnel


Bluewater Fire Statistics                                         Start date: April 12, 2018

Size: 3,473   acres                                                          Location: Salitre Mesa

Cause: abandoned campfire                                       Containment:  54%

Bluewater: 3 Type 1 crews, 2 Type 2 crews, 1 engine, 1 dozer, 123 personnel


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This is the final update for the Bluewater/Diener Canyon Fires from the Southwest Area Type 1 Team.

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