ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A fire in the bosque shut down one of the metro area’s main river crossings during rush hour Tuesday, forcing thousands of drivers to find an alternate route home. The 3½-acre fire broke out about 2 p.m. on the river’s west bank just south of Alameda, according to the Bernalillo County Fire Department. It was 100 percent contained by 10 p.m. but crews remained on the scene to make sure it was completely out.
It is the second bosque fire in a little over a week, and near-record high temperatures only increase the fire danger.
“It’s springtime, so we’re starting to see higher temperatures and the fuel is starting to dry out,” said Division Chief Chris Gober. “We’re in fire season now and it’s bound to get worse if people aren’t careful.”
Firefighters shut down traffic on Alameda in both directions between Corrales and Rio Grande NW from 2 p.m. until 9:30 while they extinguished the blaze. Meanwhile, smoke drifted over the river and nearby neighborhoods.
The cause is under investigation, Gober said.
On March 6, a six-acre fire broke out several miles south, near the Montaño bridge.
Gober stressed it’s important that people refrain from smoking or starting cooking or camping fires in the area.