ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Firefighters and some residents started spring cleaning in the Bosque. Both are removing brush from the area in the North Valley near Candelaria.
They’re calling it a Fuel Reduction Project. It’s a community initiated project right on the heels of the seven fires earlier in the week further south.
Police arrested Audie Helms earlier in the week, charging him with setting at least one of those fires.
Residents near Rio Grande Compound and Alvarado Gardens said they were worried a fire near them could spark much more than damage to the land.
“If a house gets started, we’re all doomed,” said Resident Charlie Rogers.
Both residents and city organizers said clearing brush in the Bosque is ongoing.
“It’s kind of never ending, you know the Bosque is enormous and it runs through our city, but it runs up and down the state of New Mexico so we’re taking part of the part we can take care of,” said City of Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry.
But everyone involved said this project is a start.
“It’s important we stay on top of this stuff so we can manage the fires while they’re happening,” said Lieutenant Brian Fox, Wild land Division Coordinator for the Albuquerque Fire Department.
Overall, residents in the area said they already feel safer.
City officials hope this project will encourage even more residents living near the Bosque to get out and help.