The Los Alamos Fire Department quickly extinguished a small fire that broke out across from TA-54 at TA-18 on Pajarito Road about 4 p.m. Thursday.
Pajarito Road, which has restricted access, was not closed during the incident, Los Alamos Fire Department Deputy Chief Justin Grider said.
The fire was about 100 meters off the road and was about five feet by 40 feet, Grider said.
“It was in the grass underneath some power lines,” Grider said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but Grider has some theories.
“I am not an electrician but it could be something involving the power lines,” Grider said. “I was looking for a downed line but I did not see one. There were no tire tracks so it is unlikely it was man made. And we also joked it might be a suicidal squirrel, which caused a small fire during the Las Conchas Fire two years ago.”
Grider said originally five fire crews were dispatched but only one was needed.
The fire also was about 600 meters northwest of Area G, which is located at TA-54.