Crews continue to battle Pino Fire

Updated: 03/29/2014 9:05 PM | Created: 03/29/2014 7:01 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Pino Fire stretching across Valencia County and Socorro County lines continued to burn Saturday, reaching nearly 200 acres with crews working from the ground and air.

The fire continued burning because of high winds, warm temperatures and low humidity.

Lighter winds and cooler temperatures overnight did let crews work on building containment lines.

Friday, it was tough for ground crews to fight the flames head on because much of the fuel for the fire was salt cedar, which creates nasty smoke and burns hotter than some other fuel sources.

"Whenever the fire burns it gets real black and blows up," Ricca Dow said.

"It's an invasive species actually that came into the riverbed several years back. It takes over the underlying areas and undergrowth.... It just gets real thick in there and when it catches it burns real hot," Diego Dow said.

Investigators say the fire was likely human caused but are still determining the specifics.

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