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Lawnmower sparks small fire in Bosque

Eddie Garcia
February 08, 2018 05:19 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Any time there's a visible plume of billowing smoke coming from the Bosque, it's cause for concern.

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Especially in a severe drought.

Especially for those like Scott Schaffer, who lives right next door like.

"I was driving back across the bridge, saw a plume of smoke and called 911," Schaffer said.

Firefighters from Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, quickly jumped into action, knocking down the small fire in less than an hour. According to a county fire spokesman, the cause was a malfunctioning lawnmower operated by county open space.

It was not what Gary and Anne Frale were expecting, on their morning stroll.

"Very surprising. I thought somebody flipped a cigarette or something," Gary Frale said.

"That's what we were thinking because there was no lightning or anything," added Anne Frale.

Although the burn scar appears extremely small, there's a bigger message here. Advancing, severe drought is only worsening throughout the state.

"Well if a lawnmower can start that, then think about your cigarettes or anything else," Anne Frale said.

"Just be careful," added Gary Frale.

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