Crews work to lessen metro fire dangers

Posted at: 02/18/2014 1:58 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Crews scavenged ditches throughout the metro on Tuesday, hoping to lessen fire dangers before forecasted winds arrive on Wednesday.

Tom Thorpe with the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy said his crews clean out ditches that span about 1,200 miles. The crews clear dry leaves and trees so water can run through the ditches.

Without water, dry fields throughout the metro can pose a threat during fire season.

"Even in good years when it's wet there is still some fire danger," Thorpe said. "Trees and brush will burn."

Last year, the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy made the call to close the Bosque because of the drought.  The group works with the city, county and fire department on the recommendation.

Thorpe says it's too early to tell if they will close the Bosque this year.