Wildfires burning near Milnesand, Tucumcari

TATUM, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters in New Mexico are battling a wind-whipped grass fire near Tatum but have another blaze near Tucumcari 95 percent contained.

The so-called Kizer 5 fire has burned an estimated 5,000 acres of state and private land about 15 miles north of Tatum.

State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says about six homes in the tiny village of Milnesand have been evacuated but no damage to structures has been reported. The nearest communities are 20 miles away.

Wind gusts of up to 46 mph are fanning the flames.

The Union fire also broke out Saturday northwest of Tucumcari and charred about 2,000 acres.
Eight fire departments around Quay County are battling the blaze. About six homes in the area are threatened but fire engines are protecting them and residents voluntarily evacuated.