More grass could mean bigger fires this year

Posted at: 02/20/2014 5:55 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Las Conchas Fire back in 2011 was one of the largest in New Mexico history in what many will say was the worst wildfire season in the Land of Enchantment. With year after year of little rain and even smaller amounts of snow, New Mexico has become a tinderbox, including Albuquerque.

Carl Smith, a resident of the North Valley, says the bosque could get touched off again

Parts of the bosque have already been active this week with several brush fires on the Isleta Pueblo to Belen.

Smith says his neighbors go on high alert when the wind, heat, and dry air are in place.

This year, though, there's another ingredient that's been added to this potential recipe for disaster. The new ingredient: tall grass that grew due to this past monsoon season. The dry winter spell has now dried the grass.

With no rain or snow in sight, it may be just a matter of time before large chunks of the state go up in flames.

The last time the state had grass this high: 2011.