New Mexico Crews Battle Wildfire

March 27, 2008
Firefighters said none of the homes in the area were threatened and no evacuations were called.


Fire crews in Valencia County are closely watching a Bosque fire that spread across more than 50 acres in the Los Chavez and Tome areas early Thursday morning.

The flames started just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on the west side of the Rio Grande. By midnight, the fire had jumped the river and ignited more trees and brush on the east side. Neighbors could see flames shooting 20 to 30 feet in the air at times.

There are homes in the fire area. But firefighters said that none were threatened and they did not call for any evacuations.

The flames did have some neighbors on edge Thursday morning. "It's a little unnerving. But, at the same time, we've got a big field between us and the canals. So, I feel OK that it's not going to get any more serious. But, it looks pretty out of control over there," Analisa Golowacz said.

Because of heavy fire at times, firefighters said they only had the blaze 20 to 30-percent contained by early Thursday morning. But, they said that they have stopped it from spreading any farther north or south.

The threat of high winds Thursday will keep fire crews on the scene watching for flare-ups throughout the day.

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