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San Antonio Fire Update 6/21/2018

Firefighters continue to make progress in their work to contain the San Antonio Fire that has been active over the past week. Containment is a direct action where crews remove vegetation next to the fires edge, creating a fireline. With no additional fuel to consume, the fire remains within the established fireline. Containment describes how […]

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Drying Trend Poses Risk – San Antonio Fire Update

Although the much needed rain aided the firefighting efforts, it was short lived as a drying trend is predicted for the next week. With an increase in temperature and lowering of humidity, roads and vegetation are drying, which may contribute to higher fire activity. Yesterday’s reconnaissance flight indicated multiple spot fires on the northwest perimeter […]

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Moisture Slows the San Antonio Fire

The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve has grown to 495 acres and is located within the northwest area of the preserve between Valle San Antonio and the northern boundary. Firefighters were able to establish hand line along the north and southwestern flanks of the fire. In addition, air support dropped retardant […]

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San Antonio Fire in Valles Caldera Grows

The lightning-caused San Antonio Fire on Valles Caldera National Preserve has grown to 426 acres and is located in the northwest area of the preserve between Valle San Antonio and northern boundary. Resources consist of over 100 fire personnel. The Albuquerque Zone Incident Management Type 3 Team is on scene and expected to take command […]

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Diener Canyon and Bluewater Fire Command to be Transferred Back to the Cibola National Forest

As fire activity has drastically decreased, so has the need for personnel and equipment. The ABQ Zone Incident Management Team will transition command of the fires back to the Cibola National Forest, Mount Taylor Ranger District, Type 4 organization tomorrow morning. The public can still expect to see smoke put up by smoldering areas within […]

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Revised Closure Order for the Bluewater and Diener Fires Area

The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands has revised the Bluewater and Diener Fires Temporary Area Closure Order. Bluewater fire: The restricted area includes all of the land contained within the following boundary: beginning in T12N, R12W Section 20 where Highway 612 ends and FSR 178 begins south along FSR 178 to T12N, R12W Section […]

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Cibola National Forest Lifts Many Portions of the Fire Closure Order

A Closure Order Issued by Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands as a result of the Bluewater and Diener Canyon Fires has been lifted in several areas. A three-sided rectangle encompassing the north, east, and south perimeter of the Bluewater Fire and FR 178 on the west will form the new closure. The only closure […]

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Work on Diener Canyon and Bluewater Fires Shifts to Environmental and Road Repair

There is only one section of perimeter on the Bluewater Fire which is still requiring the attention of firefighters. It is at the northern end of the southeast flank along Salitre Mesa. The problem area is actually a cluster of several spot fires that emerged during last week’s wind events. Extinguishing the spots is being […]

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