Grants, NM - April 13, 2018: A combination of low temperatures, high humidity and light snow helped overnight as both the Diener and Buewater fires both experienced little fire growth through the night. Burnout operations on teh Diner Fire were completed during the night from Post Office Flats to Ojo Redondo Campground on Forest Service Road 480. All lines are currently holding. Both the Diner and the Bluewater Fires are estimated at 1,000 acres each.
Residents of Bluewater Subdivision, Bluewatter Acres, Bluewater Village, and La Jara Subdivision continue to be on Pre-Evacuation notice. These residents have been asked to be prepared to leave at a moment's notice if an evacuation order is issued. In this event, an evacuation center ewill be located at Grants High School while the Grants Rodeo Grounds can be used to house livestock.
Winds are predicted to continue today, although slightly lighter with cooler temperatures. Gusts are still predicted to reach 40 miles per hour.
Firefighters from multiple agenciues and departments are assisting with these fires. A Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered to manage both fires. Members of the team began to arrive yesterday evening and will continue coming in today. They will work with the Forest to determin what tie they will assume command of the fires.
The Bonita Fire (7.3 acres) and the La Mosca Tank (10 acres), which both also started earlier yesterday, are not currently posing any threats.
The cause of all four fires is under investigation.
All updates will be posted through www.nmfireinfo.com