ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Fire Rescue crews contain a brush fire in the foothills Friday afternoon after it came dangerously close to homes. The fire broke out around 10 p.m. on Thursday just behind Sunset Canyon Street near Montgomery and Tramway.
AFR first reported seven homes were threatened and the fire spread about five acres. Crews were able to eventually get the fire under control before it reached any houses and people were allowed to return home around 1 a.m. on Friday morning.
“There were seven homes threatened, four homes were actually evacuated. Residents were allowed back into their homes at 1 a.m. and no structures were lost,” said AFR Lt. Brian Fox.
The fire is now 100% contained. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters and the cause of the fire is unknown, however, officials say they’ve ruled out natural causes like lightning. Firefighters will remain on site for the rest of Friday morning to keep an eye out for any hotspots.
On Friday afternoon, firefighters say resources from AFR, State Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service that were assigned to the fire have cleared out. Officials say the fire will be put into patrol status and will be monitored daily for the next three days to make sure that there are no remaining hot spots.