Bosque fire near Belen now 75 percent contained


The fire in the bosque near Belen is still burning, but crews are making progress putting out the flames.

As of Monday, March 11, the fire stands at 75 percent contained and has burned nearly 140 acres. Fifty-five firefighters are on the scene as they continue to mop up hot spots and strengthen containment lines.

The fire started Thursday afternoon on private land in Los Chavez on the west side of the Rio Grande. Several agencies are working to combat the fire including the Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Forestry and Valencia County leading the command.

The fired burned three homes and forced two firefighters to go to the hospital. Officials have since lifted evacuations in the area. 

“Throughout this day, they just went through and continued hitting hot spots and making sure that all major fires within the black area were taken care of,” said Chief Brian Culp with the Valencia County Fire Dept.

KRQE News 13 also spoke to one business owner who lost some of his equipment in the fire. 

“You can’t replace a family. You can rebuild a house, rebuild businesses, buy new equipment, but all my family is safe. That’s what counts,” Jessy Graham, owner of Security Ironworks, said. 

Officials are now calling the blaze the Ironworks Fire and hope to have the fire contained by Sunday at the earliest. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Bosque Fire fast facts:

  • Approximately 140 acres have been burned
  • Began on private land in Los Chavez area
  • Evacuations have been lifted, Red Cross shelter has been set up at Del Rio Senior Center
  • At least 3 homes burned
  • 2 firefighters injured
  • Highway 47 now open
  • Approximately 55 personnel working on the scene
  • Cause of fire remains unknown

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