Lighting sparks firefighters attention

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Farmers are grinning and firefighters are catching their breath after a stormy weekend that first brought dry lightning, then soaking rain. Lightning sparked numerous grass fires Saturday night and Sunday morning. Cooler temperatures Sunday brought an end to the lightning, and with it, slow steady rainfall Sunday and Monday. […]

Firefighter protection bill introduced

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A bill protecting wildland firefighters from criminal prosecution has been introduced in the New Mexico Legislature by Rep. Keith Gardner R-Roswell. The second-term representative said the bill is in response to concerns raised this fall by volunteer firefighters in eastern New Mexico about standards contained in new joint powers […]

Small fires extinguised at home, school

Freedom Newspapers Clovis Fire Department firefighters extinguished small fires Friday at a Clovis school and residence that caused no injuries, according to officials. An electrical fire about 11 a.m. at Marshall Junior High School caused by a malfunctioning stove was put out with a fire extinguisher, according to Clovis Fire Department Public Information Officer Karen […]

Area fire departments seeing red

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor State requirements calling for higher levels of firefighter certification for reimbursement on wildland fires have area fire departments poised to jump from the frying pan into the fire. Local fire departments recently learned that their agreements with New Mexico State Forestry will be canceled in the next 90 days […]

Fire destroys building in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Fire destroyed a shop building on South Globe in Portales early Friday morning, sending thick clouds of black smoke rolling across the city. Total damage caused by the fire, including the shop and its contents and two RVs parked inside was estimated at $650,000, according to fire officials. Portales […]

Portales firefighters complete training exercise at Lincoln Hall

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Sirens blared and lights flashed Wednesday as Portales Fire Department firefighters jumped from their trucks and rushed into an Eastern New Mexico University dorm Wednesday as part of a training exercise. In the scenario, two firefighters were lifted to the seventh-story window of Lincoln Hall at Eastern New Mexico […]

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 […]

Fires roar across New Mexico

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By William P. Thompson High winds plus dry grass added up to little sleep for local firefighters over the weekend. One Portales home was destroyed and another damaged in separate fires on Sunday. About 2,000 acres of grassland were scorched near Causey, and local firefighters also helped battle a 100,000-acre grass fire between Tatum and […]

Grass fire ignites Wednesday

Staff and Wire Reports A grass fire that charred 1,500 acres of land along State Highway 467 and temporarily shut down two stretches of road Wednesday was ignited by a lit cigarette or the heat from a vehicle’s catalytic converter, according to a New Mexico State Forestry release. The blaze started in a ditch on […]

Fire destroys mobile home east of Portales

PNT Staff Report Fire destroyed a home east of Portales Saturday morning. No one was injured in the blaze. At 7:45 a.m. Saturday Portales Fire Department units responded to a report of a structure fire in a single-wide mobile home at 176 Mesilla Park, which is located just west of the intersection of U.S. 70 […]