A small wildfire is raging in the Sandia Mountains just north of Albuquerque.
The blaze Thursday was seen by motorists as they made their way into the state's largest city.
Sandia District Ranger Cid Morgan says the fire is around five to six acres and began around 2:30 a.m.
Officials say no structures are in danger.
Cause of the blaze near the historic village of Placitas is unknown.
Firefighters have begun trying to contain the blaze amid dry conditions.
Officials with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise say that a dry winter and expected warming trend mean the potential for significant fire activity will be above normal on the West Coast, in the Southwest and portions of Idaho and Montana.
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