A wildfire that ignited Saturday near Dulce in Rio Arriba County had grown to 800 acres Sunday afternoon, a 911 dispatcher said.

The Amargo Fire was burning near the Jicarilla Apache Reservation, not far from the New Mexico-Colorado state line.

Fire officials believe the blaze was caused by lightning, according to a news release from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The fire had burned around 100 acres by Saturday night and had grown to 800 acres by Sunday, a dispatcher with the Archuleta County Sheriff's Office in Pagosa Springs, Colo., said. Dulce is about 48 miles south of Pagosa Springs.

No other details were available Sunday night. 

General Assignment Reporter

Robert Nott has covered education and youth issues for the Santa Fe New Mexican. He is assigned to The New Mexican's city desk where he covers a general assignment beat.

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