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BCFD: Brush fire breaks out in ABQ foothills

A brush fire broke out in the Albuquerque foothills Tuesday afternoon. (Matthew Reisen/Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Firefighters spent Tuesday evening and into the night battling a brush fire in the Albuquerque foothills, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

USFS spokeswoman Donna Nemeth said the Elena Gallegos Fire sparked in Bear Canyon, east of Tramway, and grew to 25 acres Tuesday night — burning grasses, pinyon and juniper.

“No homes or other structures are threatened at this time,” she said. “No injuries have been reported.”

The fire was reported around 6 p.m. and several different agencies jumped into action, including Albuquerque Fire Rescue, Bernalillo County, Albuquerque Open Space and the U.S. Forest Service.

“Fire crews and two helicopters responded quickly to suppress the blaze,” Nemeth said. “Crews have been making good progress and will continue to work tonight to complete the containment line, begin mop-up, and monitor the area.”

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