Caprock fire 60 percent contained as of Thursday afternoon

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Courtesy photo: Jeanie Coffey Austin A fire at the Caprock in north Curry County Wednesday evening was approximately 60 percent contained by Thursday afternoon. CNJ staff State and local fire crews are working contain a blaze that has consumed about 600 acres of remote grassland along the boundary between Curry and Quay counties. The fire […]

Fire burns 5,000 acres near Melrose

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A grassfire burned about 5,000 acres Tuesday afternoon near Melrose. The fire was contained after about three hours. Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk said the fire is believed to have started off the side of the highway by either sparks from a vehicle or a discarded cigarette. Sharna Johnson A grass […]

Officials worry Sunday fire just the beginning

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson High winds kept a large grass fire going nearly all afternoon Sunday, pushing it from Melrose to just west of U.S. 70 in Clovis. Sharna Johnson Fire officials fear the massive fire that ripped through south Curry County on Sunday is only the beginning as dry, hot weather and high […]

House fire sends woman to hospital, kills family pets

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A Clovis fireman inspects the ceiling of the house. CNJ staff An afternoon house fire sent a woman to the hospital and claimed the lives of two family pets. The blaze Tuesday gutted a two-story home at 401 Sheldon Street, killing two family cats and displacing the family, said Clovis […]

Portales fire guts downtown warehouse, Dollar General

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan A fire broke out Friday morning in a warehouse located on Avenue C and 7th Street. The fire quickly spread to Dollar General as firefighters fought to contain it. Nearby homes were evacuated and some traffic was diverted because of the heavy smoke. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A […]

Fire fighters battling Grand Ave. blaze

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A Clovis firefighter sprays a burning residence at Grand Avenue and Thornton Street Monday afternoon.

Blaze destroys Portales business

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Karl Terry Firefighters were called to a blaze at Pioneer Woodworkers, east of Portales, around 11 p.m. Thursday. Freedom New Mexico Staff Joe Chandler says he was just 50 feet from his shop when lightning struck Thursday evening sparking a fire. The Portales custom furniture business was destroyed by the blaze […]

Fire destroys historic Tucumcari building

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Freedom Newspapers: Chelle Delaney Firefighters battle a blaze Friday that destroyed the Sands Dorsey building in Tucumcari. By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Fire destroyed the historic two-story Sands Dorsey building at Second and Main streets in Tucumcari Friday. No injuries were reported. The blaze erupted about 5 p.m. Firefighters were still on the […]

Air Force: Range fire caused by air training munitions

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer There is no vegetation to hold the dusty land in place after a fire burned about 27,000 acres of rangeland in southeastern New Mexico. A heavy coat of dirt sticks to the windows and covers the floors of Jeff Essary’s home. Reminders of the fire that devoured more than […]

Fire near Logan chars 8,000 acres

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer When O.B. Coffey saw smoke rising south of his home on the south side of Ute Lake in Logan on Saturday afternoon, he took a hose and wet things down around his home. A short while later, a sheriff’s deputy knocked on Coffey’s door. “The sheriff’s deputy came … […]