Portales past: Jan. 7, 1942

Jan. 7, 1942: Portales Daily News: Portales’ most spectacular fire since 1935 destroyed the Phillips Hotel and Furniture Store this morning. The two-story tile and frame building, just across the street from the fire department, burned for two hours.

Grass fire consumes more than 8,000 acres

PNT staff report A grass fire sparked by downed power lines Wednesday burned an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 acres about 14 miles south of Elida. Speaking from the scene as crews finished mopping up hot spots, Elida Fire Chief Darrell Chenault said the fire started about 3 p.m. and burned oil field equipment, power lines […]

Firefighters contain hay fire

PNT staff reports Portales and Floyd Fire Departments responded to a hay fire on Highway 236 at Anderson Dairy this morning at 8:30 a.m. No one was injured in the fire that burned 20 bales of hay, said Lt. Floyd Hancock. The cause of the fire was undetermined, but might be ruled as wet hay, […]

ENMU briefs — April 7

Physical plant employee loses home, possessions Robert Ortega, a member of the physical plant crew at Eastern New Mexico University, lost everything when his home burned down March 30. ENMU is asking all fellow employees and the public to consider making a contribution to assist him. Financial contributions can be dropped off at Dorothy Bull’s […]

Fire consumes 70 acres of range land

Freedom New Mexico An estimated 70 acres of range land burned Tuesday from a fire officials say was touched off by sparks from a cutting torch. The Portales Fire Department was called to the fire in the 400 block of Blackwater Road at 10:29 a.m. Battalion Chief Shannon Lee said workers were using the torch […]

One house burned in fire

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A grassfire southwest of Causey destroyed one home and a barn and burned 1,300 acres Thursday, while homeowners escaped serious injury despite being caught in the blaze. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said the cause was unknown. He said a State Fire Marshal investigator was coming because Roosevelt County […]

Jan. 5, 1948

The Portales Daily News reported that an Eastern New Mexico College student burned in a recent kerosene explosion in the college’s gymnasium was recovering in good time.

Dec. 7, 1967

City firefighters burned a lot next to James Elementary School after school officials feared snakes would be a problem for children who frequented the field as they went to and from the school.

Officials downgrade estimate of burned acreage

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A day after an out-of-control grass fire ran for better than seven miles east of Portales, fire officials are sharply downgrading their original estimate of the acreage burned. A closer assessment Thursday revealed that the total acreage burned was probably closer to 3,000 than the 20,000 estimated Wednesday as […]

County filled with fires Sunday

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Lightning strikes caused havoc Sunday, starting more than 12 fires in Roosevelt County that burned more than 24,000 acres, according to local firefighters. There were no injuries or damaged structures reported because of the grass fires that occurred near Elida, Floyd, Arch, Milnesand, Highway and Crossroads. Firefighters from Roosevelt […]