INCIDENT SUMMARY | A prescribed burn in Cibola County, New Mexico on Thursday, April 12, 2018, escaped its containment lines and found to be not meeting its desired objectives would soon become a wildfire.
LOCATION | The fire is located eight (8) miles south of Blue Water Lake and 13-15 miles west of Grants and Milan, New Mexico. It is burning in the Zuni Mountains on the Mount Taylor Ranger District.
Now, the #RedondoPrescribedFire has now become the #DienerCanyon Fire and this fiery fire is not one to be reckoned with.
SIZE UP | The fire has consumed 3,000 acres. There is a 0% containment status. Fire behavior is extreme with windy and very dry conditions.
RESOURCES | Fire resources are from the State Forestry Division along with the U.S. Forest Service with additional orders for the SWA T-1 Team #2 Pierson IC, 2 T-1 and 2 T-2IA Crews.
HISTORICAL EVENTS | It is said that this is one of the driest starts to a water year in history. A big wind event has been forecasted for over a week. There has been plenty of criticism to go around as to why would there be a Prescribed Fire (RX Fire) when a windstorm has been forecasted in the same week.
SOCIAL MEDIA | Eyewitness accounts are saying the same things over and over again. Here is a compiling of what people are sharing with others:
“View to the SW of the Diener Canyon Fire in the Mt. Taylor area showing a huge smoke plume on the horizon which is probably 50 miles away and more near Ojo Encino. The smoke is much closer now.”
“Per Forest Service policy, since the Redondo Prescribed Fire was no longer meeting the desired objectives, it was declared a “wildfire”. A complexity analysis determined the need for a higher level of incident management.” Prescribed Fire gone bad.
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