Authorities: Campfire sparked blaze in Sandias

May 8, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a wildfire that has charred about 50 acres in the Sandia Mountains was sparked by an abandoned campfire.

The Piedra Fire was spotted last week in a rugged area north [auth] of Albuquerque. Two air tankers, two helicopters and about 95 firefighters and support personnel quickly attacked the flames.

The fire is now about 80 percent contained, and crews are finishing mop-up work.

Bureau of Indian Affairs spokeswoman Dori Duran tells television station KRQE ( that two 10-person crews will be repositioned in the area to provide a quick response in case of another fire.

Duran confirmed the Piedra Fire was started by an abandoned campfire but had no other details.

Fire restrictions prohibiting campfires and other open fires have been enacted across much of New Mexico, including on the Sandia Ranger District.

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