*Editor’s Note: This story has been updated at 12:30 p.m. on June 8.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Crews are responding to a fire in a rugged area of the Cibola National Forest near Albuquerque. The fire began June 7, 2023 at about 5:30 p.m.

The fire may have been sparked by a lightning strike, according to the U.S. Forest Service. As of the evening of June 7, the fire was less than an acre in size. By Noon on June 8, officials reduced the size to about 0.2 acres.

Officials warn that smoke may be visible in Albuquerque. The Forest Service is using a full suppression strategy (I.e. they are trying to completely extinguish the fire) and say they will provide additional updates as necessary.

Officials say the fire has a low potential to spread, as of mid-day June 8. A helicopter will bring firefighters a water storage container to help fight the fire until it’s put out.

Details about the fire can be seen below:

  • Start Date: June 7, 2023, around 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Upper Bear Canyon within the Sandia Wilderness on the Cibola National Forest
  • Cause of Fire: Possibly lightning
  • Responding Agencies: U.S. Forest Service, Globe Hotshots, a severity engine from the Payette National Forest and Sandia Ranger District personnel 
  • Area Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine brush
  • Acres Burned: 0.5