ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Fire officials say they don’t expect to close the city’s open spaces – including the Bosque – this summer because they want more sets of eyes watching out for fires.
From noon to 8 p.m. every day now, two AFD Wildland Task Force trucks will constantly patrol the Bosque, keeping an eye out for fires.
“It puts them down in here in the Bosque in case there is a reported fire,” Lt. Brian Fox with AFD told KRQE News 13. “They’re in the truck, suited up, ready to go and can get to the fire quickly.”
They’re also checking out possible problem areas, looking for access points to the river, and handing out fire awareness information to the public.
“Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the people that are out here are people that want to conserve this land and enjoy it,” Fox said. “That’ll give us that early detection, and get us out here early.”
It’s been a few years since the Bosque in the city was closed. Currently, people just have to stick to established trails, and fire officials say they prefer it that way.
From July 2-5, AFD will ramp up efforts in the Bosque, using four trucks to patrol the area.
Last summer, the Bosque was closed in several counties because of the fire danger. A spokesperson for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District says they decided last week not to close it this summer because the Bosque is in better condition this year.