Updated: May 22, 2020 06:23 PM
Created: May 22, 2020 05:29 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The Bernalillo County Fire Department wants people to be aware of the fire risk over Memorial Day weekend.
Grilling can pose a fire risk, but there are steps people can take to make sure it's being done safely.
"Try to clean as much as you can before you start the fire because a lot of that residue has a tendency to catch on fire and you don't want to accidentally get burned or scolded by something popping or, or just melting on top of you," said Janessa Ruiz, spokesperson for the Bernalillo County Fire Department.
Sparks from a grill or something else have the potential of causing a larger fire.
Firefighters suspect sparks from a train track led to Thursday's fire in the Bosque.
"Just be cognizant about the area that you're playing in and, you know, if it's a dry area, try not to take, you know, an off-road vehicle out there because even a hot motor from those could cause a fire to happen," Ruiz said.
The Bernalillo County Fire Department will have extra patrols out over the weekend.
"We're doing that to try to not only be a presence in the area, but also so that we can quickly respond to any of the spot fires that we're starting to see ramp up-- as the season kind of starts to kick off," Ruiz said.
Ruiz also said that people shouldn't just be concerned with fires outside.
"With businesses opening up and more parents likely gong to work and leaving the little ones at home, taking little steps like moving the handles towards the inside can help prevent accidents," Ruiz said. "Whenever you have any kind of cooking towels that are out, wipes you need to wipe and then put them back. Try not to leave them on top of the stove because what would happen is that these could catch up fire."
Ruiz said people should also have an extinguisher ready and have an exit plan.
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