Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Virgin Mesa Blaze Traced to Abandoned Campfire.(Final)

Byline: Adam Rankin Journal Northern Bureau

Officials Consider Cause Accidental

SANTA FE -- The 300-acre Virgin Mesa Fire, burning about three miles north of Jemez Springs, started at a small, abandoned campfire, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

"An attempt had been made to extinguish it with water and dirt, but the fire was not completely out," according to a Forest Service announcement at 6:30 p.m.

Investigators consider the fire accidentally caused, not deliberately set, according to the Forest Service.

Individuals found in the area are cooperating with investigators. The Forest Service declined to identify them citing an investigation. …

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