Officials say destructive New Mexico fire was caused by hot auto parts

 Thursday, March 10, 2011


A wildfire in New Mexico that consumed hundreds of acres east of the capital was started by pieces of a hot catalytic converter from a vehicle, according to the state’s forestry division. Fire crews brought the blaze, which was called the Quail Ridge fire, under control Wednesday, and some personnel were sent home in the evening, the agency said. The number of firefighters at Quail Ridge has dropped from 120 on Tuesday to 50 on Wednesday.
AutoSpecial Investigations