Press release: Evacuations ordered

According to State EOC, the evacuations are for homes along Highway 467 at

Ruidoso fire claims five houses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A wind-driven New Mexico grass fire that has destroyed five houses and several barns, forced evacuations and knocked out power to about 1,000 homes and businesses has tripled in size, but fire crews hoped improved weather conditions would help them Monday, officials said. More than 100 people at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack […]

Not state’s job to enforce evacuations

A Texas county judge is right to worry about the “drastic” state law that allows government officials the power to arrest people who choose to stay home when evacuation orders are issued. House Bill 1831, which goes into effect Sept. 1, allows Texas county and city officials the “use of reasonable force” to remove people […]

Leave market mechanisms to work out

Walter E. Williams Evacuations are not a benign process. Twenty-four people were killed when a bus — carrying 38 Houston nursing home residents and six employees — caught fire in a traffic jam. It’s thought that oxygen tanks used by elderly evacuees had a role in the fire. Given the hurricane predictions for Houston and […]