ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Helicopters began the assault on a suspected arson wildfire at daybreak Thursday, dropping giant buckets of water on flames in a riverside forest about five miles north of town.
The wildfire, along the banks of the Rio Grande, began Wednesday night and burned through more than 700 acres, threatening homes and forcing more than 200 people to evacuate.
While the evacuation remained in effect Thursday morning, authorities were encouraged that the fire had quieted down overnight and the wind was calmer.
Albuquerque Fire Lt. Lynn Reule said the wildfire was contained but not controlled.