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‘Sixty-Six Fire’ erupts by I-40 near Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — A 30-acre brush fire shut down I-40, east of Albuquerque, as residents were being evacuated Thursday night.

Fire officials said the ‘Sixty-Six Fire’ started around 5:11 pm Thursday and began burning on both sides of I-40 in Carnuel. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office evacuated multiple residents to safety as the Sixty-Six Fire continued to be fueled by strong canyon winds threatening structures.

A health alert is in effect until 9 am Friday for the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, due to the smoke.

All lanes of eastbound I-40 are closed at Central and Tramway and all lanes of westbound I-40 also remain closed at mile marker 173. Route 66 is reopened in both directions.

Bernalillo County Fire, Albuquerque Fire Rescue, US Forest Service and New Mexico forestry are responding to the fire.

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