28 June 2011
STAGE 3 FIRE ALERT: BOSQUE CLOSED!
Albuquerque and state officials have announced a stage three fire alert for the city. NO OPEN FLAMES ALLOWED!
Governor Martinez and Mayor Berry are urging everyone to NOT purchase personal fireworks and to go to public fireworks events instead. The governor and mayor do not have the power to ban fireworks regardless of the danger.
The city announced today that a 140 mile stretch of the Rio Grancde including the Bosque; the largest cottonwood forest in the world, which runs near downtown Albuquerque, is OFF LIMITS and CLOSED. Anyone caught near the river could be fined $500
The Bosque is a match head just waiting for a spark.
The Las Conchas fire near Los Alamos has grown to 60,000 acres in just two days and has Santa Fe residents on edge as the two cities are only about 20 miles apart.
The fire is said to be one half mile from the newly restored Bandelier National Monument visitor center. National monument employees have started to remove important artifacts.
A new fire called the Donaldson fire [near former ABC newman Sam Donaldsons ranch] has started near Hondo, NM
NM FIRE INFO:
Las Conchas fire updates: www.inciweb.org/incident/2385