ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - From the Albuquerque foothills to the west mesa of Rio Rancho, it was a busy 24 hours for firefighters from several departments.
Fire officials say there were at least 10 suspicious fires in the metro area from Thursday night into Friday morning, and federal, state and local fire investigators are all working together now to track down who's responsible.
Five fires sparked up outside of Rio Rancho Friday morning, burning down two mobile homes.
"A number of these are suspicious, that's what we're looking into," Todd Haines, the Bernalillo District Forester with State Forestry, said.
Investigators say they don't have any suspects yet, but they've received reports of vehicle leaving the area.
A string of suspicious fires on Thursday night off Tramway Road NE near the La Luz trailhead are also investigation. Crews from multiple agencies fought three small brush fires there, while not too far away, near Tramway and Juniper Hill, Bernalillo County firefighters extinguished two small fires.
"We're trying to investigate to figure out what happened, and hopefully we can prevent it from happening again," Chris Gober, the Bernalillo County Fire Marshal, told KRQE News 13.
Gober says finding suspects isn't exactly a cakewalk.
A little over a month ago, five fires were set along Tramway Boulevard between Comanche Road and Montgomery Boulevard. Investigators said it was clear these fires were intentional, but Albuquerque Fire Department officials say it's still under investigation.
With dry conditions worse than before, fire officials say whoever is setting the fires has to be stopped.
"We have our law enforcement officers getting together with Rio Rancho law enforcement officers, Bernalillo County, U.S. Forest Service, and trying to pool the resources and collect information, because this many suspicious starts all at once is of a concern," Haines said.
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