Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Officials Seeking Bosque Camper.(Final)

Byline: Chris Ramirez Journal Staff Writer

Homeless Man Not Suspect in the Fires

Authorities want to question a homeless man seen camping in the Rio Grande bosque days before Wednesday night's fire broke out near the Montano Bridge.

Fire officials first spoke with Reed E. Nolan, 41, on Thursday, the day after the wind-blown fire charred acres of trees and dry grasses and forced the evacuation of about 1,000 residents.

Then, they released him.

Authorities now want to question him a second time.

"We think he knows more about what happened," Open Space Division Chief Stephen Thomas said Sunday.

Thomas said Nolan is not considered a suspect in the fire at this time. …

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