ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Four Bosque fires kept Albuquerque firefighters busy Tuesday. According to the Albuquerque Fire Department, three of them started in southwest Albuquerque near the Hispanic Cultural Center just after 5 p.m. An earlier fire started in the Bosque on Tuesday afternoon near Tingley Beach.
“I noticed, like a quiver kind of sound and I figured it was a snake or a lizard. No, I walked a little closer and we saw the flames and called 911,” said Krista Romero.
Romero said she was walking in the Bosque when she reported the first fire.
“It freaked me out,” she said. “I’m just glad they were able to come soon. It was really small, maybe like 10 feet around and now there’s flames everywhere.”
It wasn’t long before people fishing at Tingley Beach saw firefighters rushing off to the next one
“We heard all the cars,” said Mike Colburn. “The fire engines and cop cars came screaming by here.”
“It is a great privilege to have that Bosque running through the city, but it’s also very dangerous,” said AFD Cmdr. Charles Zamora.Fire weather information»
Bernalillo County Fire Department assisted Albuquerque crews to extinguish the fires. At this time crews are putting out hot spots and will be on scene overnight on fire watch.
Investigators are also on scene trying to determine what started the fires.
“Since this is the fourth fire within a four, five hour time period, once the fires are declared under control investigators are on scene and they will being to determine a cause and determination at that time,” said AFD Deputy Chief Victor Padilla.
People in the area suspect someone is to blame.
“It sure seems like it. There doesn’t seem to be any natural reason for fires to start here, so it sure does seem suspicious,” Colburn said.
Officials say there are currently Stage I fire restrictions in all Open Space areas. These restrictions include:
- No smoking
- No Fireworks
- No Open Fires
- No Camping
Violators could be subject to a fine up to $500 and/or 90 days in jail. If you suspect suspicious activity call 242-COPS.