TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) - Firefighters working to suppress the Chino Fire burning near the Colorado border report flames have charred about 19 acres since lightning sparked the blaze late Thursday.
As of Friday evening the fire was 70 percent contained but still burning through grass and ground cover in ponderosa pine forest, a spokesperson for the Carson National Forest.
The fire is near Chino Peak about 20 miles north of Tres Piedras and four miles south of the Colorado state line.
The nearest structures are two miles away in the Los Pinos area and are not considered to be threatened.
While two engine crews have been released, two additional crews, the 20-person Carson Interagency Hotshots and other fire teams remained on scene overnight into Saturday.
Late Saturday morning the fire was described as "smoldering and creeping." Firefighters, aided by lower temperatures and despite windy conditions overnight, were anticipating the fire being 100 percent contained late in the day.
While the roads were looking clearer late Thursday afternoon in the Albuquerque area, they could get dangerous again as temperatures drop later in the evening.
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