Officials: North Crest fire burns five acres in Sandia Mountains

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – State Forestry officials say crews are responding to a small fire in the Sandia Mountains, now called the North Crest Fire.

The North Crest fire is approximately five acres in size. It is located on the Sandia Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands. Officials say the fire was reported around 7 a.m. Thursday. The fire was initially estimated to have burned 20 acres however more accurate mapping indicates that the fire is five acres in size.

The U.S. Forest Service and Bernalillo County are on scene working to contain the fire. Officials say there are media towers to the south of the fire but no structures are threatened at this time.

The North Crest fire is burning in mixed conifer and in an area with a lot of wood debris on the ground.

According to the Emergency Management Office for Bernalillo County, NM 536 is closed and the Sandia Crest Viewing Area has been evacuated. The Sandia Crest Trail is also closed.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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