Grass fire near Ruidoso 25% contained

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A grass fire near Ruidoso is 25% contained.

Authorities said the fire started behind the Shell gas station on Ski Run Road. A spokesman for the New Mexico State Forestry said the fire is at approximately 25 acres.

Guests at the High Country Lodge nearby are being evacuated as a precaution.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking that any residents near the Shell station, the ball fields and High Country Lodge voluntarily evacuate the area.

Lincoln County officials said State Road 48 is closed until further notice from Gavilan Canyon to Ski Run Road due to high winds causing heavy smoke to cross the highway.