Branches burst into flames

Freedom Newspapers

TUCUMCARI — A massive pile of dead branches caught fire around 10 p.m. Tuesday, sending an orange glow over much of the north side of Tucumcari.
The branches were at the wastewater treatment plant north of town.
“It was about 30 (foot) by 30 when we got here,” said Tucumcari Assistant Fire Chief Larry Rigdon. “It took no time to take off. They’ve been out here for years.”
The limbs had been piling up, waiting to be chipped into mulch, he said.
Firefighters did not immediately know the cause of the fire, Rigdon said.
Rigdon said there were firefighters on both sides of the woodpile to contain the blaze and keep it from heating a diesel tank.
“It’s too intense, we can’t put it out right now,” Rigdon said about 11 p.m.
After about half an hour, firefighters began pouring water onto the blaze and continued well through the night.