Fire in central New Mexico threatens 5 homes

Updated: 03/29/2014 6:24 PM | Created: 03/29/2014 6:07 PM
By: The Associated Press

JARALES, N.M. (AP) - A 197-acre wildfire in central New Mexico is threatening five homes.

State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the Pino fire was burning near the boundaries of Socorro and Valencia counties.

It's unclear how close the homes were to the fire on Saturday, though Ware says the blaze had reached within 100 yards of some homes on Friday.

No evacuations have been ordered. Some homeowners have left voluntarily.

The human-caused fire started Friday afternoon near the farming community of Jarales.

Ware says owners of some of the homes had done an adequate job of protecting the structures by removing nearby brush.

Four hay barns also are threatened.

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