Hay fire burning in South Valley Web Staff
October 17, 2017 05:11 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Bernalillo County firefighters have responded to a hay fire in the South Valley on Tuesday.


Six crews on scene are using hand tools to contain the blaze about 20 feet high by 40 feet wide and 80 feet deep at a dairy farm on the 5500 block of Jacqueline Drive. They expect firefighting efforts to continue until at least Wednesday.

No structures are at risk, but smoke can be seen throughout the area.

Because of the fire, the City of Albuquerque's Environmental Health Department's Air Quality Program issued a smoke watch:

The smoke over the South Valley this afternoon is due to large bales of hay that caught fire on a local farm. Even after the Fire Department extinguishes the fire, the smoke will linger due to poor dispersion conditions. The smoke will likely linger into the evening hours and possibly into the late night hours. Residents of the South Valley may be able to smell smoke this afternoon and tonight.  The City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department will continue to monitor pollution levels and issue updated statements if needed.

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