There is now a large fire in the Bosque. Thankfully, firefighters have been able to contain much of the blaze, but officials have temporarily closed the trails due to fire danger.
"Due to fire operations, city officials have temporarily closed several bosque trails in the area of Coors and Montano. The following areas are closed: East side of bosque: All trails from Montano Road NW to Campbell Road NW, including the Paseo del Bosque Trail. West side of bosque: Montano Road NW to Andulucia Park at La Vienvenida Place NW. Fire officials say the closures are due to the danger the fire has caused to public safety. Burned trees, fall dangers and dozer lines are making an impact on the decision to close trails in this area. Other areas of the bosque remain open." —Vince Rodriguez
Last night, there was some miscommunication: evacuation orders were sent to the community. Fortunately, these have now been lifted.
"Evacuation notices were sent out late Wednesday night, however, those evacuation notices were lifted just minutes later. Fire officials say miscommunication with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office caused confusing evacuation messages to be issued. The evacuation notices were meant to be for those in the bosque trails and not for residential areas near the bosque." —Vince Rodriguez
It seems that this will be temporary, and the trails will likely open once the danger has lessened, but it's important to practice caution and abide by the rules in the meantime.
"City officials say the fire was originally spotted by Albuquerque Police officers who were patrolling the area in an airboat. Airboats from Albuquerque police, Albuquerque Fire Rescue, and Bernalillo County responded to the fire and were able to slow the spread of the fire by pumping water directly from the Rio Grande." —Vince Rodriguez
I am grateful to all of the firefighters for protecting our community.