New Fire Start Near I-40 & Carnuel Canyon

Unified command of Bernalillo County & USFS

Reported start date / time:  June 16, 2022 / 1711

Cause: Unknown        

Size: 30 acres

Location: Carnuel Canyon. I-40 at Carnuel Exit, Bernalillo County, NM and Forest Service land.
Road closures in place for west and east bound of I-40 and NM Hwy 333.

Containment: 0%

Fuels: Pinyon-Juniper and Grass.

Fire behavior: Active fire behavior driven westerly by high winds.

Weather: Extreme fire conditions with temps in the high 80s and a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3 am. East winds at 24 mph with gusts to 36 mph with evening temps in low 70s with southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Resources on scene: Unified command with USFS and Bernalillo County. Firefighters from the USFS, Albuquerque Fire, Bernalillo County Fire Dept., are on scene. Additional resources have been ordered.

Evacuations: Bernalillo County Sheriff and NM State Police have started evacuations of residents in the area of Carnuel Canyon. 

Members of the public should stay away from Fire operations and evacuation areas.

Values at risk: Residential property.

Smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas of Albuquerque, Tijeras and Sandia east mountains.

Fire updates will be posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website, and the Cibola NF & NGs Facebook  & Twitter pages.

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