Firefighters battle blaze west of Portales

PNT Staff Report

Just before 4 p.m. Monday fire units from Portales, Floyd and Elida responded to a grass fire eight miles west of Portales that burned 300 acres along U.S. 70.

Three fire units from Portales, five from Elida and four from Floyd contained the blaze in two hours, said Mickey Hargrove, Portales Fire Department shift commander.

The fire was first scattered along the railroad tracks and it moved into some Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land where it had additional fuel to burn. If the wind had been out of the east or north it could have potentially spread further, Hargrove said.

“The wind changed three times while we were fighting the fire and one of the shifts actually helped us out,” Hargrove said. “The wind had shifted forcing the fire to burn back on itself, which consumed a lot of its fuel.”