Fire Burning Near Chimayo is Threatening 100 Homes

New Mexico State Forestry Division News:

About 50 firefighters are battling a 20-acre brush fire burning near N.M. 76 close to Chimayo.

“I don’t know specifically if the Sancuario is threatened but if it is, we’ll have structure protection in place,” said spokesman Dan Ware of the New Mexico State Forestry Division. “About 45 minutes ago (7:30 p.m.) crews were getting a handle on the fire – it’s not contained by any means – but they are starting to get it under control.”

The residents of two mobile homes in the area have been evacuated, Ware said adding that 100 homes are threatened, three structures have burned and traffic is blocked into Chimayo.

“I called Santa Fe fire dispatch to see if they had everything they needed and they said that they do have enough resources on hand,” Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said. “They felt that they were getting the fire under control.”

Winds gusting earlier up to 10 miles per hour are beginning to die down, Ware said.

He told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the Santa Fe County Fire Department, Santa Fe Volunteer Fire Department and BLM crews are battling the blaze, which appears to be human caused.

“The BLM crew had been doing a prescribed burn further out and just happened to be driving through Chimayo when the fire broke out so they stayed to help,” Ware said.

A smaller fire is also burning near Tesuque, threatening several structures in that area.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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