ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Fire Rescue is continuing to put out a fire in the bosque near I-40 and Atrisco. The fire was first reported around 3:10 p.m. Monday on the west side of the Rio Grande, burning east of homes along Riverview Drive.

The initial dispatch put the fire around roughly half an acre in size with around two foot tall flames. Just after 4 p.m., Albuquerque Fire Rescue Spokesman Tom Ruiz said crews were able to stop the “forward progress” of the fire, and said there was no risk to nearby homes.

“There’s a really large cliff behind me, and that acts as a natural containment line,” Ruiz said. “At this point there’s no need for the homeowners to evacuated in threat of the fire.”

From Sky News 13, neighbors living along Riverview Drive could be seen using backyard hoses to wet the grounds behind their homes. Winds were gusting around 30 miles per hour Monday afternoon out of the southeast.

Despite the winds, Around 4 p.m., Ruiz said crews were able to make “good progress” fighting the fire, saying firefighters had a “good handle” on containment or keeping the flames from spreading further. A cause of the fire is so far unknown.

“It’s safe to say we weren’t operating in a prescribed burn and we didn’t see any lightning strikes in the area, so we can assume it was man-made,” Ruiz said. “Whether it was an accident or [started] on purpose, we don’t want to speculate to that point, hopefully we’ll be able to find out exactly how it started.”

AFR says the fire is the “first real significant” bosque fire the city has dealt with this season. One week ago, crews began fighting a significant fire in the bosque near Belen, which evolved into the nearly 900 acre Big Hole Fire.