Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico


Firefighters have been hard pressed to keep down hot spots within boundaries of a blaze that burned some 200 acres of Rio Grande bosque on pueblo land south of Albuquerque. The pueblo fire, which jumped the Rio Grande was contained late April 10. "I guess the winds were really blowing," a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service said, adding that since no lightning had struck the area, "it's got to be human-caused." No structures were threatened late Monday, but firefighters had been concerned earlier that it would reach the tribe's sewage treatment plant and golf course. Meanwhile, firefighters in Edgewood said a grass fire east of Albuquerque was contained Monday at 100 acres. In the Gila, a prescribed burn aimed at improving elk habitat grew to 1,600 acres, Forest Service dispatchers said. The Gila fire was kindled April 7 to improve watershed conditions and wildlife habitat, said Char Telles, a Forest Service spokesman for Gila. So far, the fire has burned primarily ponderosa pine and some pinon and juniper, Telles said. The plan was for the burn to continue all week. The Forest Service wants to burn nearly 8,000 acres near Beaverhead, about 40 miles southeast of Reserve.