Encino Fire: 64 percent contained, 1,278 acres burned

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – The Encino Fire near Rio Rancho is nearly out.

Initial reports about the Encino Fire stated that the fire had grown to 2,100 acres but after more accurate mapping the actual size of the fire is about 1,278 acres.

It started around 1 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of King Blvd and Encino Road, in an undeveloped part of the town.

“It is about five miles from the Northern Meadows subdivision, we did give Rio Rancho a heads up: Okay, the fire is kind of moving that way. So we’re working with area agencies to try and get this thing under control,” said Lt. Jason Benaly.

Sandoval County Fire officials said the fire traveled quickly because of the grass.

Deputies with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office said some residents in the area have been asked to leave their homes. One hundred firefighters are battling the blaze. Rio Rancho, Corrales, Sandoval County Fire and multiple helicopter crews are all helping to fight it.

At this time the fire is 64 percent contained.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it’s believed to be human caused.

Fire officials say it serves as a reminder of just how dry our state is.

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