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 John Mohon.
According to Mohon, the initial call was received by the Milnesand Fire Department at 1:04 p.m. with firefighters arriving on the scene at 1:15 p.m.
Mohon said winds, ranging from 20 to 44 mph, fanned the flames, making it very difficult to put out.
All Roosevelt County fire departments were involved in the incident with a total of 51 units and 101 personnel responding.
Eleven units and 33 personnel from the New Mexico State Forestry Department were also present.
One abandoned farm was destroyed but no other structures were involved and there were no injuries.
Mohon said by the time the flames reached the barn they were taller than the structure.
“If that would have been a home, it would have been disastrous because we couldn’t have stopped it” Mohon said. “It hit way too quick. And you never know how fast those winds are going to be blowing.”
The fire was contained just before it reached Roosevelt Road 33.
The last county fire units left the scene at 10:03 p.m.
Mohon said they believe the fire was caused by a spark from the transformer of a power line. He said now is the time to be extremely cautious with any kind of flammable or spark-capable objects and situations.
“It’s like a tinder keg out there,” he said. “I’m talking about for the whole county. Just be careful.”