LAFD monitoring small fire started by lightning strike

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Forest Service monitoring situation, plan is to let it burn out

By The Staff

Shortly after a lightning storm rolled through Los Alamos Friday afternoon, witnesses spotted a plume of smoke in the Jemez mountains overlooking Los Alamos. 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 are monitoring the situation and have 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 are 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. Witnesses are reporting that two trees have caught fire.