20 Mar 1972 - Four-Hour Brush Fire Controlled - pg. 1

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20 Mar 1972 - Four-Hour Brush Fire Controlled - pg. 1 - Four-Hour Brush Fire Controlled By BERNIE...
Four-Hour Brush Fire Controlled By BERNIE VELASQUEZ A brush fire along the Rio Grande, aided by wind gusts of up to 25 mph Sun day, burned for about four hours before it was brought under control by city and county firemen. The fire which started about half a mile south of Central along the east Rio Grande bank, was finally contained in the vicinity of Tingley Drive and Marquez Lane SW after burning almost a mile and a half. District I Fire Chief Jack Major, said he did not know for sure how the fire was started but added "I have a hunch it might have been started by children." Major added that children frequently play in the area and sometimes build campfires. The first units were dispatched by the fire department at 12:13 p.m., a spokesman said. FIREMEN AT THE scene said the blaze was confined to the immediate area at first but spread rapidly after easterly winds shifted toward the south. Portable pumps were used by firemen to pump water from the Tingley pond along water hoses to the river bank which is about 50 yards away. At Marquez Lane and Tingley, water was also pumped to the river bank in an effort to build a fire break by soaking brush and trees. Major said the fire was contained about 400 feet from the fire break after winds died down at about 4:30 p.m. MOST OF THE trees in the fire's path were charred by the flames which at times reached tree top levels. Great clouds of smoke, visible for miles, were emitted by the blaze which at times forced firemen to retreat because of its intense heat. Major said six fire units were; utilized by the city including; .v.... rv....,.u ... .... ...... contain the fire. j A tanker capable of holding between 150 and 200 gallons of water was dispatched by the county and placed on standby at the scene. County District 2 Fire Chief John Hoffman said about 10 volunteer firemen from that district were involved in the Continued on A-2

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  1. Albuquerque Journal,
  2. 20 Mar 1972, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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