AZTEC — A fire charred just less than an acre on County Road 2929 in Aztec on Thursday.
The fire was reported around 11:45 a.m. when children from one house ran across the street to a neighbor's home and told the neighbor there was a fire in the backyard, police said.
The children told their neighbor they looked out the window and saw a small fire, which they tried to put out with a bucket of water. When they returned with a second bucket, the fire was already out of control, police said.
The neighbor's grandchildren went across the street to rescue animals and an 11-month-old baby.
San Juan County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Kevin Burns said crews initially thought they would have to evacuate residences, but the fire department quickly got the fire under control.
Craig Daugherty, the San Juan County Fire Department deputy chief, said the fire is still under investigation.
He added people should obtain burn permits before burning weeds on their property. The fire department has already responded this year to about 60 controlled burns that got out of control, Daugherty said. Permits can be obtained by calling 505-334-1180.