Fire crews fight blaze on Isleta Pueblo

Posted at: 02/16/2014 10:11 PM
Updated at: 02/17/2014 7:59 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Isleta Pueblo fire crews, with assistance from New Mexico State Police, Valencia County and Bosque Farms, fought one of the first big fires of 2014 Sunday night.

As of 9:30 Sunday evening, the fire burned 30 acres of grassland, though it did not threaten any homes or other structures. Fifty crew members fought for hours to keep it contained.

"We do have a lot of personnel out and about plus, and some heavy equipment out fighting the fire and we do have some additional resources coming," Isleta Pueblo Police Chief Levin Mariano said Sunday.

Investigators are still working to learn what started the fire Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m. Smoke billowed high, making it visible across the Albuquerque metro and warning residents of the fire season to come.

"Especially down south I know the Bosque’s real dry and all this dry shrubbery and then the wind- we haven't even gotten into the windy season yet," Albuquerque resident Ken Quintana said.

Officials hope this is an eye-opener for residents.

 "If they can be cautious as far as if any fires are in the area, report as soon as possible, be careful again how you handle any kind of flammable equipment, and again just be smart about the whole thing," Mariano said.

Although the fire did not threaten any structures, the pueblo set up an evacuation site at the recreation center just in case.