ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Two fires along the bosque behind Tingley Beach are now under control Thursday evening. The fires started near Tingley Beach on the east side of the river. KRQE News 13’s crew saw fire engines arrive at the scene to tackle the fire.
Albuquerque Fire Rescue reports the southernmost fire was approximately 20’ by 30’ in size and was quickly controlled within 20 minutes. They also say the northern fire was approximately 1/4 acre in size and after firefighters created a perimeter around the fire, was brought under control. AFR says 11 fire apparatuses were dispatched and there were no injuries reported to civilians or firefighters. Both fires are under investigation.
AFR is reminding the public, no open flames are ever allowed in the bosque. “Any bosque fire is, of course, dangerous because this afternoon it is a little windy and bosque fires tend to grow rapidly in size when the wind does blow. There’s a lot of dry underbrush, so a lot of those fires can grow pretty rapidly in size,” said Lt. Tom Ruiz of AFR.
Plumes of smoke can be seen from KRQE’s rooftop.