ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Someone appears to have thought firefighters weren't quite busy enough Thursday evening.
While ground and air crews were working to contain the 50-acre Piedra Fire on the north end of the Sandias near Placitas, some resources had to be diverted to handle a string of three small fires near the La Luz trail base off of Tramway.
The Bernalillo County Fire Department says they got a call about a brush fire off of Forest Road 333. Firefighters found three small fires burning in the area including one just off of the La Luz Trail itself.
BCFD says those fires were human caused, although the how, who and why are still under investigation.
Firefighters were able to put out the fires quickly with the help of air support that was working to beat back the Piedra Fire.
"We did reallocate the resources down to here, the air tankers, helicopters down here to just put some buckets on it and it did help suppress it right away," said Karen Takai, fire information officer with the Sandia Ranger District.
Meanwhile, Takai says fire crews are getting a handle on the Piedra Fire, which has been burning since early Thursday morning. Hand crews helped build fire breaks to contain the blaze while air tankers dumped retardant on the fire from the sky.
No structures are currently threatened by the Piedra Fire, but given the dry conditions around the Metro, fire crews aren't taking any chances. No official containment numbers were released Thursday evening.
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