ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Fire Department is monitoring the aftermath of a fire in the Bosque near Tingley Beach.
Crews were alerted to the fire at about 9:30 p.m. by what callers described as a campfire in the Bosque.
In a release sent out early Sunday morning, Albuquerque Fire Department said that the fire was estimated to be less than 5 acres and is now 100% contained. AFD and APD Open Space Officers remained overnight to monitor the fire for hotspots. 20 fires units and 50 firefighters took part in fighting the blaze.
AFD Chief David Downey said that they are not worried about the safety of animals at the nearby zoo. He also said that at this time he is not sure of the cause. Anyone with information is asked to call 242-COPS.
Video carried live on KRQE News 13 showed flames and smoke rising in the area.
While it is too early to determine a cause of the fire, earlier this month, eight fires in the Bosque occurred within two days. Firefighters said the blazes were suspicious.
Last April, at least nine fires were intentionally set in the Bosque. Two of those were attributed to a man named Audie Helms, who later pleaded guilty to two fourth degree felony charges of setting fire on state land.