Firefighters from around Taos County were deployed to the side of State Road 518 near Talpa Tuesday morning (May 26) to battle several small brush fires that were beginning to spread into the trees of …
Updated May 26 at 2 p.m.
Firefighters from around Taos County put out several brush fires along State Road 518 near Talpa Tuesday morning (May 26) as the flames were beginning to spread into the trees of Carson National Forest.
Taos Fire Department was the first agency to respond to the fires along the highway around 2 miles southeast of Talpa, where smoke was growing from the roadside brush. After a firefighter reported that the flames had spread on light winds to several trees in the national forest, that response grew to include multiple other county fire departments, which deployed additional water tankers and brush fire trucks.
"We have some big trees that are starting to pop off pretty quick," one first responder reported.
By around 11:50 a.m., additional fire teams, which had been placed on standby in case the fire spread further, were called off as first responders reported that they had a handle on the blaze.
The firefighters remained at the scene until Tuesday afternoon to put out the fire, causing some delays for drivers traveling between Talpa and Peñasco to the southeast.
A power line strung above where the fire was burning led some on scene to report that a downed electrical pole or line might have sparked the fire, but no cause was confirmed as of noon Tuesday.
Fire restrictions are in place for Carson National Forest and Bureau of Land Management recreation sites. For more information on restrictions and wildfires in the state, check nmfireinfo.com.
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