ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Fire Rescue is continuing to work on mopping up hot spots after a large bosque fire broke out Wednesday night near Coors and Montaño. Flames broke out just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, behind Bosque School.
City officials say an Albuquerque Police Department Open Space officer on an air boat first spotted the flames. By 10 p.m. Wednesday night, AFR tweeted that is grew to about 30 acres, burning areas of the bosque on both the west and east sides of the Rio Grande. Witnesses reported seeing the fire burning directly next to the Paseo del Bosque bike trail just north of Candelaria.
For a brief moment Wednesday evening, several neighborhoods between Montaño and Candelaria, and the Bosque and Rio Grande Blvd. were told to evacuate as the fire moved toward the east. That evacuation was lifted less than an hour after it was order went out Wednesday.
AFR says several other agencies helped fight the fire Wednesday night with as many as 80 firefighters working to contain it. Water drops from federal air resources helped fight the fire Wednesday. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office continued helping with water drops on Thursday morning.
With continued smoke in the area, Albuquerque and Bernalillo County may continue to see air quality health alerts Thursday. An initial air quality alert expired at 10 a.m. Thursday morning.
- Start Date: May 25
- Location: Coors and Montaño, Albuquerque
- Containment: N/A
- Size: 30 acres
- Structures Threatened: N/A
- Structures Burned: No
- Evacuations: No
- Cause: Unknown
- Total Personnel: 80
- Area Vegetation: bosque
- Ownership(s): BCSO, AFR, State Forestry, Bernallilo County Fire Department, Sandoval County Fire, Rio Rancho Fire Department, Oklahoma Wildland