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Rare winter wildfire sparks in eastern New Mexico

Keith Ingram / Eastern New Mexico News Keith Ingram / Eastern New Mexico News | 

The Associated Press
January 22, 2018 01:45 PM

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Firefighters have battled a rare winter blaze in eastern New Mexico amid conditions ripe for winter wildfires from the mid-South through the Great Plains.

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The Eastern New Mexico News reports authorities on Sunday were able to contain the grass fire north of Clovis that grew to 3.1 square miles.

Clovis Fire Department Battalion Chief Joel Gershon said there were no injuries or structures damaged. The cause of the fire wasn't immediately clear.

Officials warn that eastern New Mexico may see rare winter fires this season thanks to a combination of weather factors, including the climate phenomenon known as La Nina. Those conditions have left a lot of dry growth.

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