Crews respond to Pino fire in Valencia County

VALENCIA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Fire officials are on scene of the Pino Fire just south of Belen in Valencia County.

At this time, crews will conduct an overnight burnout on the east side of the river.

Fire officials said cooler temps and lighter winds have helped slow the fire but Saturday’s conditions will favor increased fire activity.

“The fire is burning in a salt cedar thicket, west-northwest of the Rio Grande. Valencia County, Socorro County and agency resources are on scene or responding. Fire is reported to be moving east. Agricultural fields are located to the north, west and east. Two firefighters have received very minor burn injuries,” officials say.

Officials believe a human may have caused the fire and it is under investigation.

There are no evacuations reported at this time, five to six structures are threatened and approximately 40 acres have burned.

Area residents can expect low visibility due to settling smoke which is expected to remain until the morning hours.

Sky News 13 is on the scene. Stay with KRQE for more information.

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