Three grass fires burn about 2,500 acres in Roosevelt County

Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Firefighter Cody Padgett of the Portales Fire Department hoses down some newly erupted flames from one of three fires in Roosevelt County along New Mexico Highway 70 Tuesday afternoon while Firefighter Mike Chaves drives. The three fires burned about 2,500 acres along the highway.

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Three grass fires burned about 2,500 acres of land along U.S. 70 at Midway in Roosevelt County Tuesday afternoon.

The state forest service said the blazes ignited a fourth fire in Curry County that was quickly extinguished.

Portales Battalion Chief Lance Hill said no one was injured and no structures burned, but telephone poles and old equipment were damaged.

All three Roosevelt fires were within half a mile of each other, between Midway Dairy and Midway Convention Center, Hill said.

The cause isn’t yet known.

Hill said the fire at the dairy remained small, burning about a quarter of an acre, and the other two fires merged into one to torch 2,500 acres.

Firefighters were called out about 2:30 p.m., and the last truck returned to the station at 6:30 p.m., Hill said. At the beginning of that time, he said, U.S. 70 was closed for five to 10 minutes until firefighters knocked down flames near the road and made it safe for motorists again.

Firefighters from Portales, Arch, Dora, Floyd, Clovis and Texico helped fight the fire, and crews from Roosevelt and Curry County road departments provided road graders to make fire breaks.

Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies helped with traffic control.