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

April 25, 2018   10:30 AM

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: 94%


Bluewater Fire Statistics

Start date:  April 12, 2018

Size:  3,473 acres (no change)

Location:  Salitre Mesa                                                                                                                        

Cause:  abandoned campfire 

Containment: 85%

Bluewater:  3 Type 2 crews, 6 water tenders, 73 personnel

Diener Canyon: 4 engines, 45 personnel

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 the interior. Dozer and hand line repair will continue with expected completion by the end of today’s work shift.  After working diligently for days, crews have finally completed removing hazardous trees from within both of the fire perimeters.

Since wildland fires cause both immediate and long term damage to natural resources a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team was called in.  The team will assess the damage done by the fires and recommend ways to stabilize the land.  BAER plans to address concerns about community water, supplies, water quality, fisheries and wildlife habitat, infrastructure, invasive plants, cultural resources, soil productivity, and threats to life and property.

The Temporary Flight Restriction that has been in place over the Bluewater and Diener Fires area, has been lifted. 

This will be the last daily News Update for the Diener Canyon and Bluewater Fires.  For further information please contact the Mount Taylor Ranger District at (505) 287-8833 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

There is a correction to the contacts for government wildland fire suppression and non-suppression contracts.

Fire Suppression VIPR: Stephanie Archuleta – Forest Service Contracting Officer for the SW Region: 505-842-3127    snarchuleta@fs.fed.us


Non-Fire Supression: Johnny Lanctot – Forest Service Northern Zone Acquisition Manager: 505-346-3990    johnnymlanctot@fs.fed.us

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/