Diener Canyon and Bluewater Fire Updates for April 22, 2018

Diener Canyon and Bluewater Fire Command Transferred to  ABQ Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team

A spring snowstorm brushed through the fire area on Friday evening leaving one to two inches on the higher ground on the Bluewater Fire and just a dusting on the Diener Canyon Fire. The moisture was welcome, but had very little effect on any residual fire which may have been smoldering in heavier fuels. It did dampen light fuels like grasses and light brush. There is no expectation that fuels which continue to burn will escape any containment lines, as the weather, while expected to be warm and dry, is bringing light winds which are not expected to drive fire movement.

The Diener Fire is mostly in patrol status. Primary fire activity is smoldering stump holes, heavy fuels completing their burnout, and green islands burning out in the fire’s interior. For the first time since the beginning of the fire suppression efforts there are more resources assigned to the Bluewater Fire than to the Diener Canyon Fire. There is only a small ragged burn area at the top of the southeastern side of the Bluewater Fire where the firefighters continue to work toward complete containment. Firefighters actively mopped up remaining heat sources on the Bluewater Fire as they became more visible in the late morning and afternoon hours yesterday. Light grassy fuels will continue to burn on the southern and eastern perimeters on Salitre Mesa. The goal is full suppression of the Bluewater 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. 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.

There are two contacts for anyone interested in soliciting for government wildland suppression and non-suppression contracts:

Fire Suppression VIPR: Stephanie Archuleta, Forest Service Contracting Officer for the Southwestern Region. Phone: 505-842-3127, email: snarchuleta@fs.fed.us

Non-Fire Suppression Contracts: Johnny Lanctot, Forest Service Northern Zone Acquisition Manager. Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands. Phone: 505-346-3909, email: johnnymlanctot@fs.fed.us

Diener Canyon Fire Statistics

Start date: April 12, 2018

Size: 9,338 acres (no change)

Location: Mount Sedgwick

Cause: spot fires from Redondo Prescribed Burn

Containment: 91 % (no change)

 Bluewater Fire Statistics

Start date: April 12, 2018

Size: 3,473 acres (no change)

Location: Salitre Mesa

Cause: abandoned campfire

Containment: 54%

Bluewater: 2 Type 1 crews, 2 Type 2 crews 1 engine, 1 dozer, 1 water tender, 109 personnel

Diener Canyon: Type 2 crew, 3 helicopters, 2 engines, 132 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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