A wildfire near El Rito, Rio Arriba County, that has burned approximately 66 acres of wilderness close to Valle Grande Peak is now 25 percent contained, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service Tuesday morning (Sept. 7).
The U.S. Forest Service has two engines and one "Type 1" crew to help manage the blaze. The crews have "constructed handline and implemented firing operations in key areas to secure constructed lines," according to the press release.
The cause of the fire remained unknown as of press time.
The press release also said smoke may be visible from the communities of El Rito, Coyote, Española and Taos. Individuals sensitive to smoke or those with respiratory issues or heart problems are advised to take "precautionary measures."
The fire is burning close to the site of a previous wildfire in the area, the Poso Fire, which began in May of this year and burned approximately 2,057 acres.
This is a developing story. The status of the fire may have changed after press time.