- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

LA CUEVA, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say a firefighter from California who was helping with fire prevention and other duties on the Santa Fe National Forest has been injured.

The Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department says the firefighter either kicked or stepped on something that exploded Monday near an intersection east of Fenton Lake State Park.

Federal authorities are now investigating.

Santa Fe forest spokeswoman Donna Nemeth says the firefighter’s injuries are non-life-threatening and he’s reported to be in good spirits.

The firefighter’s name was not immediately released. The employee is stationed on the Six Rivers National Forest in California but was assigned to northern New Mexico’s Jemez Ranger District to help since fire danger has been high.

Over the weekend, Santa Fe forest personnel responded to 14 small lightning-sparked fires and one abandoned campfire.


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