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 […]

Fire chief: Firefighters’ job varies

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Alisa Boswell Most Portales firefighters say their job is no life of glamour but they wouldn’t trade it for anything. Preschool tours, car accidents, community events and fires are just a few of the daily and weekly activities which take up a Portales firefighters time. “You can be playing with kids one minute and be […]

Grass fire consumes 5,000 acres

Sharna Johnson A grass fire east of Melrose Tuesday burned about 5,000 acres before firefighters were able to gain control of it. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said after about three hours, fire crews were able to stop the fire that started about 11 a.m. east of Melrose along U.S. 60/84. Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk […]

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 […]

Letters to the editor: First responders deserve thanks

First responders deserve thanks On behalf of the Portales Fire Department administration and staff, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the fire departments, emergency management, law enforcement, county road departments, C&S Oil, KSEL radio, Great Wide, First Baptist Church in Portales, University Baptist Church and all individuals for their assistance […]

In their words: Responders, residents recall fire

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Brian Victor, who lives off Highway 467 just before the Roosevelt County line, said Sunday’s fire came within inches of his home. Victor said he and most of his family were in Clovis around 1:30 p.m. the day of the fire, preparing to go to the movies when he received a phone call telling him […]

Residents urged to stay alert during emergencies

In the event of a large fire, as with weather emergencies, residents are advised to listen to weather radios, check media sources for alerts and updates and to pay attention to their surroundings. With the massive fire in south Clovis and Melrose Sunday, Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos said he was in touch […]

Officials fear Sunday fire just the beginning

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Sharna Johnson Fire officials fear the massive fire that ripped through south Curry County on Sunday is only the beginning as dry, hot weather and high winds continue throughout the region. Sparked by a tire blowout around around 11 a.m. on a Melrose highway, the fire moved an estimated 25 miles east, stopping short of […]

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 […]