Token Adams was last seen heading out on an all-terrain vehicle Friday on a mission to assess a wildfire's perimeter, KOB-TV, Albuquerque, reported.
The search in the rugged, wooded terrain was made even more difficult by hours of rain that turned the region's dirt roads into mud paths, the TV station said. One crew from Corrales told KOB-TV their efforts were thwarted when they had to spent hours getting a vehicle out of the mud.
Forestry spokeswoman Karen Takai said the missing firefighter's possible exposure to the elements for such a long period was a concern, KOAT-TV, Albuquerque, N.M., reported Tuesday.
"The No. 1 thing is the lightning ... . The forest is extremely dangerous in case lightning does hit a high tree and spiral down, so we have a lot of issues with that and we are just concerned with hypothermia," Takai said.
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