BREAKING NEWS: Fire In Pojoaque Bosque Triggers School Shelter In Place Alarm

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Multiple fire trucks and dozens of emergency responders are on site at the fire in the Pojoaque bosque. Valley Daily Post image

BREAKING NEWS: Fire In Pojoaque Bosque Triggers School Shelter In Place Alarm

Staff Report

At approximately 1 P.M. Tuesday afternoon, a fire broke out in the bosque along the Pojoaque river in Pojoaque. High winds and low humidity created ideal conditions for a fast moving fire causing the initial blaze to spread into the underbrush near the river bed.

County Road 101C has been closed to non-emergency traffic and due to the proximity of the fire to the middle school, Pojoaque Valley Schools issued a Shelter In Place order for all students and staff.

The Pojoaque Valley School administration office released a message to parents informing them that students will be released late today, and that bus lines 6, 9, 12 and 14 will not run due to those areas proximity to the fire.

Parents with children who ride those buses may pick up their students starting at 4 P.M.

All other buses will run their usual routes but starting later. Buses will depart the high school, middle school and 6th grade academy at 4 P.M. Buses will depart the elementary and intermediate school at 4:45 P.M.

Police and fire fighters from around the region patrolling back roads looking for spot fires. This shot on CR 103 shows Santa Fe County and Los Alamos Fire Department personnel working together to contain the spreading fire. Valley Daily Post image

Police are reporting that several homes near the fire have been evacuated as a precaution. 

Fire departments from around the region responded to the emergency, from as far away as Los Alamos, EspaƱola and elsewhere.

No report on the cause of the fire has yet been reported.