With each dry thunderstorm that moves across New Mexico, the chance of another wildfire breaking out goes up. But experts say it’s the wind that will help determine whether the state has another record season.
A small fire broke out in the Jemez Mountains just above Los Alamos Friday after a thunderstorm pummeled the area with rain and hail.
The fire lasted for about 20 minutes before it appeared to go out on its own, before it sputtered to life again a short time later.
Justin Grider, a deputy chief with the Los Alamos Fire Department, said they were monitoring the situation and contacted the NM Forest Service, since the fire is on Forest Service land.
Grider was told that since the source of the fire seems to be located within the burn scar of the Las Conchas Fire, they were going to take a wait and see approach rather than try to hike in and put it out. Grider said the Forest Service believes the small blaze will probably run out of fuel shortly and burn itself out.
Grider proved prophetic as on Saturday morning, there was no smoke in the area of the fire.
There also was report of smoke in the Bandelier National Monument. Park Friday morning.
“Fire staff and law enforcement looked for a fire start but did not find or see anything,” park spokesman Claudia Brookshire said.