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Southeastern New Mexico eyes possible winter grass fires

Southeastern New Mexico eyes possible winter grass fires

The Associated Press
November 15, 2017 05:42 AM

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - A few wildland fires and an expected dry winter have some officials in southeastern New Mexico worried about winter grass fires.

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The Hobbs News-Suns reports Lea County Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Broom said this week wildland fires burned a little more than 5,400 acres this year so far in the region. Last year, the area saw 12,986 acres burned.

The lack of grass fires has allowed the area to see more fuel for potential winter prairie blazes amid dry conditions.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last month forecast a warmer winter from California through the Midwest to Maine.

The big driver in the forecast is a La Niña weather event that is likely to develop next month.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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