Justine Lopez & Ryan Laughlin
Updated: October 18, 2020 10:27 PM
Created: October 18, 2020 04:30 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A wildfire that broke out Saturday evening north of Chacon in Carson National Forest has burned more than 10,000 acres.
Fire officials said the Luna Fire is burning at an elevation between 9,000 and 11,000 feet and is currently not threatening nearby communities.
Mora resident David Maestas said he's been keeping a watchful eye on the direction of the plume of smoke.
"Just hoping the wind don't bring it down in my canyon," said David Maestas.
Maestas owns 400 acres near the Luna Fire.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, but some Mora County deputies said they've received reports from people who believe a plane crash started the fire after hearing a loud 'boom' Saturday night.
"State Police did fly their helicopter to try and confirm the point of origin, but they had to pull back due to heavy smoke and where they needed to fly," said Elias Hurtado, a U.S. Forest Service incident commander trainee.
With no visual confirmation and no word from the Federal Aviation Administration, there's no proof yet that a plane crash is responsible.
Fire crews are working on the ground and in the air to control the blaze. The fire is currently 0% contained.
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