Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Residents Fear for Homes.(Final)

Byline: Chris Ramirez Journal Staff Writer

Pumpers Soaking Dietz Farm Houses

Dietz Farm resident Les Russell was watching TV with his son, Curt, when the sirens tipped him off that something was seriously wrong.

Looking out the window, he was startled to see huge pillars of smoke -- for the second day in a row, the bosque was afire, only this time much closer to home. He said his immediate reaction was to grab the garden hose and soak the roof.

"That's all you can do," he said. "I just hope it all helped."

As midnight approached Wednesday, he wasn't sure. He was among nearly 50 people who were evacuated and sent to the Sheraton Old Town. …

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