ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An investigation has determined a wildfire that has charred a few square miles of forest land in northern New Mexico was human-caused.
Forest officials announced the findings Sunday. They declined to say how the fire was started or release any other details about the ongoing investigation.
The blaze burning in a remote area southeast of Taos has blackened more than 3 square miles. Hot and dry conditions have helped to fan the flames, causing the fire to spread significantly over the last few days.
Most of New Mexico is mired in drought and fire restrictions remain in place ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.
In southern New Mexico, crews have been busy with a brush fire about 10 miles north of Las Cruces.