Hispanic Cultural Center in Heavy Smoke

Hispanic Cultural Center and Bosque Skyline

In an early hello to spring, a fire in the South east area of the Bosque caused a lot of smoke to fly northwards over the whole town today. The fire itself began near the river and did not jump the banks. However, the smoke poured toward the Hispanic Cultural Center and looked pretty horrendous for a time. People with breathing issues are reminded to stay indoors in the downtown ABQsouth area.

Guadalupe Bridge is Shut Down

We shot these photographs off Riverside Road in Albuquerque's South Valley a mile south of Bridge Street (aka Stadium/Cesar Chavez); also as the fire developed, from The Pit area, and in South Broadway.

Despite the city-wide heavy smoke from burning underbrush, this fire was more smoke than FIRE. This fire reminds us that while the whole state seemed to have a lot of snowpack this winter, the area surrounding Albuquerque City Environs did NOT. Please be careful on your hikes through the Bosque and while driving, extinguish cigs in your car ashtray.

[photographs courtesy AQUILA ARTS LLC ]

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Comment by Debra Landau on April 5, 2010 at 4:54pm
Nice photos! (If that can be said about photographs of all that stinky smoke currently wafting over South Broadway and causing some definite "breeathing" problems!)
Comment by Eckleburg and Grumblecake on April 5, 2010 at 5:00pm
Thank you for the update and the photos, Jeff!
Comment by Barelas Babe on April 5, 2010 at 5:48pm
Thanks for the photos and update Jeff - getting off the airplane only to get a UNM emergency alert text about a fire in the 'hood this was a bit disconcerting for this Bareleña. Glad to learn that so far no one has been hurt and no structures have burned. Feels like round 2 for this area, though. Can anyone tell me if it is in the same part of the bosque as the last fire that swept the area south of the NHCC in 2004 or so?
Comment by Barelas Babe on April 5, 2010 at 5:59pm
You mentioned River Road - by any chance did you mean Riverside Drive that runs on the west side of the river just south of the Barelas Bridge? Or was the fire further south?
Comment by Jeff Hartzer on April 5, 2010 at 7:27pm
Riverside Road it 'tis/twas. Pretty sure the exact name of the dead end raod where we found a delightful board bridge over to the bosque was Ellington as in Duke E...In the heat and smoke of the moment, I reverted to a River Road of my childhood in Florida. And my 'breeathing problems' have been corrected too, thanks. The night air's aroma still a bit pungent in South Broadway this evening.
Comment by Ron Da Bomb on April 5, 2010 at 8:09pm
Awesome photoshoot.
Comment by leila on April 6, 2010 at 12:56am
snapped a few on my way home with the camera-phone, around 2:30pm, before they closed Bridge. it was surreal being under its orangey shadow...

in this one you can see the sun behind the smoke:

Comment by juniper berri on April 6, 2010 at 11:43am
We're Barelas folks as of last summer- it was most bizarre coming home yesterday from the 12th/Menaul area because the closer we got I was almost positive our neighborhood, our house was the fire! We are on Lewis and 8th (next closest street south is Bridge). Wow. The intense orange glow all around and the National Hispanic Center was completly engulfed in thick smoke. I am so relieved no one got hurt and the fire did not get completely out of control or jump.
Comment by Debra Landau on April 6, 2010 at 3:29pm
Really looked like the NHCC was on fire for a while. Amazing how certain things smell fine a day later and others are holding on to some of that "essence of fire."


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