Year in review: Wild weather reaches extremes

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Wildfires mark year A dry, windy spring created conditions for one of the more massive wildfires to hit eastern New Mexico in decades. Sparks from a wheel following a tire blowout near Melrose spurred the April 17 fire that burned about 71,000 acres, destroyed three homes, killed dozens of livestock and sent three firefighters to [...]

Fire near Milnesand contained

PNT staff report Fire burned an estimated 2,596 acres Sunday afternoon at Roosevelt Road 35 and Highway 206 near Milnesand, but was contained on Roosevelt Road 35 within half a mile of Roosevelt Road M. “Our main concern was keeping it from Road 33 because there were two structures over there,” said Milnesand Fire Chief [...]

Firefighters contain grassfire

A grassfire burned about 1,000 acres three miles west of Floyd Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The Floyd, Elida and Melrose fire departments responded with 12 units. According to Floyd Fire Chief Allen Deen, the fire started when a trailer carrying hay caught fire. The fire was fully contained at 7:20 p.m. Deen said no structure [...]

Fire damage estimate climbs to 71,000 acres

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By Argen Duncan and Sharna Johnson Approximately 71,000 acres burned in Curry and Roosevelt counties in a massive grass fire April 17 — more than four times initial estimates, making the fire the area’s largest in more than 30 years. Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said last week he drove the fire line to survey [...]

Families overwhelmed by community support

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Two families whose houses burned in the 17,000-acre grassfire Sunday say they’re overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of kindness from the community. James and Roxie Lofton lost their home of 30 years, and their land, which had been certified wildlife habitat, was damaged. Steve and Alisha Robertson and their 14-year-old daughter, Kasserine, lost the [...]

Massive fire 90 percent contained (Updated)

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Freedom New Mexico Firefighters from more than 30 departments struggled most of Sunday to contain a massive grass fire that erupted near Melrose and quickly spread through Curry and Roosevelt counties, damaging homes and forcing several evacuations near Clovis and Portales. The fire started about 11:30 a.m. after a tire on a vehicle blew out [...]

Wildfire burns almost 25,000 acres

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Alisa Boswell A fire, which broke out nearly 10 miles west of Crossroads on Saturday afternoon, burned nearly 25,000 acres of land. Milnesand Fire Department Chief John Mohon said the fire, aided by winds of 45 to 55 miles per hour, jumped Highway 258, came close to Highway 206 and missed Milnesand by about one [...]

Firefighters investigating cause of three grass fires in Roosevelt County

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PNT Reports Three grass fires burned about 2,500 acres of land along U.S. 70 at Midway in Roosevelt County Tuesday afternoon. The state forest service said the blazes ignited a fourth fire in Curry County that was quickly extinguished. Portales Battalion Chief Lance Hill said no one was injured and no structures burned, but telephone [...]

Evacuation orders lifted on Ruidoso fire that burned five houses

The Associated Press Evacuation orders lifted on Ruidoso fire that burned five houses ALBUQUERQUE — Residents were returning home Monday after officials lifted evacuation orders forced by a wind-driven wildfire that burned five houses, drove people from a racetrack casino, and knocked out power in part of a southern New Mexico resort area. Barriers into [...]

Grass fire burns over 3,000 acres

Thirty fire department units, and 60 personnel, responded to a grass fire 20 miles south of Elida and 15 miles west of Milnesand on Sunday morning. According to Elida Fire Department Chief Rusty Cater and Milnesand Fire Department Chief John Mohon, fire units from Arch, Milnesand, Elida, Causey, Dora, Floyd, Portales, Melrose and Tatum responded [...]