Albuquerque firefighters investigating Bosque fire near Alameda

Bosque fire near Alameda (March 14, 2017)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It happened last week and again on Tuesday — another Bosque fire was somehow sparked. This time, the fire closed part of Alameda for hours.

Alameda reopened around 9:30 p.m. Still, this could be the beginning of a difficult fire season.

The smokey scene could be seen for miles. The latest fire in the Bosque burned alongside the river near Alameda.

Fire officials say it was human caused, but are investigating if it was intentional or accidental.

“We have crews on both sides of the river watching the fire and attacking the fire,” Bernalillo County Fire Marshal Chris Gober said.

Ground crews fought the fire with hoses, with air support scooping up water from the Rio Grande and dousing flames from above.

Alek Martinez and Lindsey Strong have a boarding business in the area. They were among all the neighbors worried about their livestock.

“We need to know when to get the horses out, where to take them, who’s going to be able to help us,” Alek Martinez said.

At three acres, this blaze was under control, although the wind created worries.

“It can be going north one second and totally flip directions the next second, so that’s the biggest thing we’re worried about,” Martinez said.

“Anything can start a fire down there, a cigarette that someone doesn’t put out and drops. It can be anything. It’s scary,” Lindsey Strong said.

This is a familiar reminder about fire danger, and it could be the beginning of a hot season.

One man was initially identified as a person of interest in Tuesday’s fire, but officials now say he was witness and they are questioning him.

Crews will be out there monitoring any hot spots until midnight, checking in periodically after that, then back again at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

There was another Bosque fire just last Monday. The fire started on the west side of the river, just north of Montano. That one burned six acres. The cause is still under investigation.

 

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