Officials: Little growth for fires burning near Grants
April 13, 2018 05:54 PM
GRANTS, N.M. – Low temperatures, high humidity and even some snow overnight helped to keep two wildfires burning near Grants from growing significantly.
Fire officials say both the Diener and Bluewater fires experienced little growth with both estimated at just around 1,000 acres each and all lines currently holding.
Residents living in the following areas remain on pre-evacuation notice: Bluewater Subdivision, Bluewater Acres, Bluewater Village and La Jara Subdivision. People living in these areas have been asked to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice should an evacuation be ordered.
In the event of an evacuation, a shelter will be set up at Grants High School. The Grants Rodeo Grounds would be used to house livestock.
Officials say cooler temperatures are expected and winds will continue throughout the day with gusts reaching up to 40 miles-per-hour.
Firefighters from multiple agencies are assisting in battling these fires. The cause for both blazes is under investigation.
The fires have led to the closure of Bluewater Lake State Park until further notice. The Bluewater and Diener fires have already forced the evacuation of both sides of the lake. The park was set to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Visitor Center on Saturday. It is postponed due to the park's closure.
“We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause our visitors,” said Christy Tafoya, NM State Parks Director.
246 Fire and 206 Fire
Meanwhile, the State Forestry Division says multiple agencies are working to contain two wildfires in southeast New Mexico that are threatening homes in that area.
The 246 Fire forced the evacuation of seven homes on Edna Road in Capitan, NM. According to the Ruidoso News, four structures have been burned in the fire that New Mexico State Forestry now estimates at 2,600-acres. It is at zero containment.
The 206 Fire is burning off of Highway 206 between Tatum and Milnesand, NM and has also moved into Texas. 12 homes have been evacuated on Bledsoe Road. That fire is estimated to have burned 60,000 acres.
The governor's office says Gov. Susana Martinez is constantly monitoring the fire situation across the state and will be making every needed state resource available.
Updated: April 13, 2018 05:54 PM
Created: April 13, 2018 09:33 AM
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