Sevilleta Bosque Fireby KGLP 91.7 fm Radio on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 9:43pm
Bosque Fire Near Junction of Interstate 25 and State Hwy 60
Saturday, April 2, 2011 9:15pm by Rogi Riverstone
KRQE and KASA are reporting a large bosque fire is burning on private and state wildlife area land, close to the Bernardo, the New Mexico Boys' Ranch and the Sevilleta Wildlife Refuge. The fire is located approximately 20 miles south of Belen, and is heading north along the Rio Grande. It began west of the river, but has now crossed it.
The flames were dangerously close to Larry Foote’s home. He said it’s a miracle that his house didn’t go up in flames.KOAT reports predictions the fire could continue for days.
“It’s moving so fast and is such a big old monster now,” Foote said.Officials with the Department of Homeland Security said it’s unclear how the fire started.Jeff Crum with Homeland Security said Sunday’s nearly 70 mph winds are will only fuel the fire.“The winds are going to be terrible,” he said.
Socorro and Valencia Counties' fire crews are working the fire. State forestry services and Federal Bureau of Land Management teams are investigating. The Albuquerque Type III incident management team was ordered up to take command of the fire by evening.
This reporter witnessed a plume of smoke from the fire which could be seen and smelt overhead in Los Lunas at sunset. Fire crews were hosing down the evacuated Boys' Ranch, which had its yard sprinklers running. At nightfall, columns of flames reached 50 feet or more in height and a significant increase in involvement in the course of twenty minutes was witnessed.
UPDATE 11:05 pm
KOAT is reporting the fire has jumped from 75 acres to 2,500 in the past, two hours. Residents of the Bernardo area are being asked to evacuate. Belen is recommended.
According to the Associated Press, the fire is human caused. It is under investigation by State Forestry and Bureau of Land Management officials.