AFR partners with State Forestry to reduce bosque fire risk

Wildfire seasons is underway, but fire crews in the metro are taking extra measures to stay on top of any fires sparking in the bosque. 

Albuquerque Fire Rescue is partnering with State Forestry inmate work crews to hack away non-native species like Russian olive and salt cedar along the river near Central. Officials say removing these fuels will greatly reduce the risk of wildfires. 

“This opens up and makes this more of fire break and makes fires manageable in the early phases, so we can get our crews in here to support these fires and keep them at a low rate of spread, versus getting up into the tops of trees and spreading quickly,” AFR Lt. Brian Fox said. 

Currently, there are Stage I fire restrictions in open space areas which means no smoke, fireworks or open fires. 

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