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 […]

Wildfires burning near Milnesand, Tucumcari

TATUM, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters in New Mexico are battling a wind-whipped grass fire near Tatum but have another blaze near Tucumcari 95 percent contained. The so-called Kizer 5 fire has burned an estimated 5,000 acres of state and private land about 15 miles north of Tatum. State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says about six […]

Autumn: God’s creation of beauty

I love this time of year. The crispness of the early morning and the chill at dusk invigorate me. The smell of wood burning in a fireplace, a good book and an apple makes me happy. Beautiful cottonwood leaves wear golden crowns looking up to heaven. Ornamental pear trees grace the landscape with deep scarlet […]

April 8, 1940

The Portales Daily News reported that a local fruit grower, J.A. Sanders, saved his fruit during a recent heavy snow storm by burning crude oil, automobile tires and old batteries among the trees. The blossoms of 1,000 peach trees, 450 pear trees, 400 plum trees and 150 apple trees all seemed to be in good

Feb. 13, 1947

A burning tumbleweed that blew into

Grassfire mostly contained

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PNT Staff Report Firefighters from around the area had a Roosevelt County grassfire 90 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Portales Fire Chief John Bridges. Bridges said the fire burned about 2,000 acres of grassland and some firefighters remained on the scene watching for hot spots. The suspected cause of the blaze […]

Resident reports sign burning

Freedom New Mexico

Roosevelt County enacts burn ban

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners, during a county meeting on Tuesday, approved a proclamation prohibiting burning within the county. The commissioners received the request from Portales Fire Department officials. The commissioners prohibited burning due to the lack of precipitation, high winds and low humidity, wildland grasses and fuels in all of Roosevelt County are […]

June 2 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael South County News The area is really showing signs of drought, so now it faces more danger of fires. Each person needs to be aware that even burning trash in your own barrel or whatever, it can get out of hand with one puff of wind or whirlwind. A pressurized, even empty, […]