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Fire burning in weeds off State Road 518 in Talpa

Firefighters quickly gain control of flames, stop spread

Posted 6/8/18

A fire was reported burning in weeds off State Road 518 about two miles from the crossroads with Paseo del Pueblo Sur, according to Taos Central Dispatch. Firefighters are en route. Traffic is likely …

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Fire burning in weeds off State Road 518 in Talpa

Firefighters quickly gain control of flames, stop spread

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A fire was reported burning in weeds in a backyard off State Road 518 about two miles from the crossroads with Paseo del Pueblo Sur Friday (June 8) around 11:45 a.m., according to Taos Central Dispatch.

Firefighters are en route. Traffic is likely to be delayed.

Firefighters appeared to have the fire under control by 12:30 p.m. "We jumped on it right away, but it could have spread everywhere," said Taos Fire Department administrative Fire Chief Leroy Gonzales.

The fire started on private property between two houses in Talpa near the highway. Firefighters believe it was a human-caused fire. It burned about an acre before it was contained by firefighters. 

Gonzales warned residents to be careful. "It's so dry, even with that one rainstorm we had. It wet the ground, but it's not enough," Gonzales said. "We need several of those rainfalls in order for it to be safe. Just because it looks green doesn't mean that it won't burn."
"For the ones that are abiding by (the rules), we really appreciate what you're doing and keep it up." 

Neighbors reported the flames were a couple of feet high. Firefighters said the fire moved into at least one tree, according to reports on Taos Central Dispatch.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in Albuquerque issued a severe storm risk warning Friday morning for north central New Mexico including Taos to Raton, with lightning, flooding, hail and high winds possible throughout the region. 

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