Heads Up for ABQ Folks. Fire In the Bosque

Reply Wed 20 Jun, 2012 04:18 pm
Air quality around here will get bad when the winds shift directions this evening. Best cool off the houses now while you can have the swamp coolers on.


Ongoing updates and live streaming from the helicopter here:


The fire is burning in the Bosque near Corrales road and Romero Road.

The Corrales Fire Department and the Rio Rancho Fire Department are responding.
Smoke can be seen for miles.

The fire is burning near some homes.

Sky 7 is on the way to the scene. Action 7 News will update the story as soon as more information is available.

No evacuations in Corrales.

Sandia Pueblo is evacuating the Sandia Lakes recreation area. This according to Sandoval County Dispatch

by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff edited by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 4:13 PM

The wind is blowing from the northwest.
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 4:13 PM

The fire has jumped the river
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 4:13 PM

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Reply Wed 20 Jun, 2012 04:39 pm
Now, that's bad news.
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Reply Wed 20 Jun, 2012 04:44 pm
Thanks, have the swamp cooler on.
I just called Diane (her phone won't take messages, but she picked up).
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Reply Wed 20 Jun, 2012 04:49 pm
More updates:

The fire is at least larger than two acres according to NM State Forestry
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 4:15 PM

Action 7 News reporter Will Carr is on the west side of the river. He said firefighters are draining water out of the river in attempt to extinguish the flames.
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 4:19 PM

Dan Ware from State Forestry says a helicopter is coming to the blaze, but this is primarily a ground battle.
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 4:22 PM

Dan Ware with state forestry says the fire is burning into an area where there isn't a lot of population

by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 4:23 PM

Residents should stay away from the area, Dan Ware says
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 4:27 PM

In the past 10 to 15 minutes, the smoke plume seems to be getting darker.
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 4:39 PM

Wind is coming from the northwest. It's light now, but is expected to kick up later this evening
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 4:42 PM

Voluntary evacuations are in effect for some homes in the area. Those in that general area can leave if they wish.
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 4:43 PM

Read more: http://livewire.koat.com/Event/Fire_sparks_in_Albuquerques_Bosque#ixzz1yNPLgOfF
Reply Wed 20 Jun, 2012 05:18 pm
There is containment on the north side of the fire
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 4:54 PM

Air Resources on the bosque fire:

1 helicopter from the Santa Fe National Forest
1 helicopter Blackhawk New Mexico National Guard
1 Air Attack
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff edited by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 4:59 PM

Will Carr reports that the winds are changing rapidly.
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 5:02 PM

Those in Corrales need to be ready to evacuate at a moments notice. If you're concerned about your animals, officials say that the best thing to do is to get your animals and go to the First Impression Rodeo arena
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff edited by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 5:03 PM

Two homes have been evacuated, James Maxon reports
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 5:11 PM

A health alert has been issued in Albuquerque because of the wildfire smoke
by Devon Armijo/KOAT.com Staff 5:15 PM
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Reply Wed 20 Jun, 2012 05:54 pm
50 mile an hour winds from the Northeast are expected to hit the ABQ/Corrales area around midnight this evening.

If they don't get this fire out before then, it is going to be quickly changing and dangerous, will probably move back to the west side of the river.
Reply Wed 20 Jun, 2012 06:36 pm
Fifty mile an hour winds and very low humidity are not a winning combination.

Corrales is one of my favorite parts of the area, too.
Reply Wed 20 Jun, 2012 07:47 pm
Be safe.
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Reply Wed 20 Jun, 2012 08:27 pm
Mine too. The area reminds me a little of the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento. The Sandia Pueblo is getting the worst of it until the wind direction changes this evening.

So far, no structures have gone up in the 100+ acres that have burned.

The air quality in ABQ where we are is just now starting to get bad enough that I turned off the swamp cooler and closed up all the windows. It is going to be a hot evening in the house, it is still 95 degrees outside.
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Reply Thu 21 Jun, 2012 08:52 am
Romero Fire burns 288 acres
No homes or structures burned

Updated: Thursday, 21 Jun 2012, 8:31 AM MDT
Published : Thursday, 21 Jun 2012, 8:08 AM MDT

Matt Mauro
CORRALES, N.M. (KRQE) - The fire burning near the Bosque in Corrales has already torched 288 acres as of Thursday morning.

The Romero Fire started around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday quickly spreading to both sides of the Rio Grande.

Firefighters worked through the night on both sides of the river to keep the flames from spreading but Thursday morning crews are worried winds could cause the blaze to flare up again, dampening the progress crews made Wednesday.

The blaze burning on the Westside of Corrales is 70% contained, but the eastside near Sandia Pueblo is not so calm. The blaze on that side is 0% contained.

The fire started near Romero Road in the Northern part of the Village near where Corralles Road starts turning towards Rio Rancho. It quickly jumped the river east over to the Pueblo.

Single engine tankers worked to put the fire out before the sun went down.

Officials believe that the fire was human caused, although they have not ruled on a cause just yet.
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Reply Thu 5 Jul, 2012 05:00 pm
We're learning what was the cause of the fire...


Officials: NM bosque fire blamed on fake cigarette

Posted: Jul 05, 2012 4:48 PM MDT
Updated: Jul 05, 2012 4:48 PM MDT
CORRALES, N.M. (AP) - Corrales officials say a fire that burned more than 350 acres of the wooded area along the Rio Grande was most likely sparked by an electronic cigarette.

Village Administrator John Avila says an employee apparently dropped the device while patrolling on June 20. The employee realized the device was gone after ducking under a tree limb. The fire started soon after.

The employee tried to put out the flames, but Avila says the dry brush was quick to ignite. The fire ended up burning on both sides of the river.

Police say no charges will be filed because the cause was rule accidental.

Avila says the village is handing the case as a personnel matter. He declined to release the employee's name.

The village is now considering a new ordinance that would prohibit electronic cigarettes in the bosque.
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