ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Piedra Fire in the Sandia Mountains was started by an abandoned campfire, a Bureau of Indian Affairs spokesperson said Tuesday.
As of Tuesday afternoon the fire in a rugged canyon on the west face of the Sandias was 80 percent contained, Dori Duran with the BIA said.
The area got rain Monday night, and firefighters doing mop-up work may be pulled out late Wednesday afternoon, she added.
The fire spread over about 50 acres after being reported at 3 a.m. Friday. Two air tankers and two helicopters worked the blaze as did about 95 firefighters and support personnel.
Duran said two 10-person fire crews will be repositioned in the area to provide a quick response to future fires.
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