Crews extinguish small fires in Bosque for second time this week
April 14, 2018 09:32 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Just days after extinguishing a small blaze in a South Valley portion of the Bosque, fire crews went to nearly the same area to clean up what was left of three small fires Saturday afternoon.
Altogether, those fires burned less than an acre after sparking near Tingley and Eighth. No one was injured.
Officials are still investigating the cause of Tuesday's fires, and they're calling the latest ones suspicious. Black marks and some burned brush from the fires' aftermath could still be seen Saturday around 5 p.m.
Crews say they were able to get the fires under control within about an hour's time, but because of how dry the conditions in the area have been lately, they are also urging everyone who frequents the Bosque to be extremely vigilant.
"We are already prepared," AFD Battalion Chief Kevin O'Brien said. "We know it's going to be a long fire season just because of the drought conditions. We're out here, we're ready, we will be taking every one of these fires very seriously."
Officials also reminded the public that the Bosque is permanently under Stage 1 fire restrictions, meaning no open flames, cigarettes or campfires. An arson team was investigating the latest fires earlier on Saturday, and crews were still working on putting out hot spots a few hours after extinguishing the blazes.
Updated: April 14, 2018 09:32 PM
Created: April 14, 2018 04:55 PM
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