Forest ranger injured in Jemez Mountains

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Updated: 7/07 11:27 pm

LA CUEVA, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a ranger with the Santa Fe National Forest is in stable condition after being injured by an explosion.

The Sandoval County Sheriff's Department says the ranger either kicked or stepped on something that exploded.

A spokeswoman with the Santa Fe forest could only confirm that an employee was injured and that law enforcement was investigating. She says the employee was taken to an Albuquerque hospital.

The incident happened Monday in the Jemez Mountains where Highway 126 and forest road 376 meet. The location is between the community of La Cueva and Fenton Lake State Park.

Deputies and Forest Service personnel were on the scene Monday.

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