Cooks Peak Fire: 21,200 acres, new evacuation orders in place

45 ViewsOCATE, N.M. – Evacuation orders are in place for several of the communities near the Cooks Peak Fire. Officials estimate the fire has burned 21,200 acres so far. The fire started on private land just north of Ocate in Mora County. There’s reportedly been no injuries or damage to

Simona Fire: Crews respond to bosque fire in Jarales

13 ViewsVALENCIA COUNTY, N.M. — Multiple fire crews are responding to a bosque fire Wednesday. The fire is burning south of Belen, near Jarales Road and St. Thomas Lane west of the Rio Grande, near New Mexico Highway 346.  Southbound Jarales Road is closed near the intersection.

Cooks Peak Fire grows to 21,000 acres, mandatory evacuations issued

11 ViewsMultiple fire units are working to contain a fire that broke out on April 17, near the Mora County-Colfax County line. The Cooks Peak Fire has burned 21,000 acres with no containment. Fire officials say significant winds, drought conditions and an abundance of fuels continue fuel the rapid spread of

Largest wildfires in New Mexico history

47 ViewsALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Over the last two decades, more than 5 million acres of land have been burned by wildfires in and around New Mexico. The fires range from small blazes to thousand-acre infernos. So how does this year’s wildfire season compare?

McBride Fire: Two fatalities, 207 homes burned; evacuations remain

36 ViewsRUIDOSO, N.M. — The McBride Fire in Ruidoso has now burned 5,736 acres and claimed two lives as evacuations remain Thursday. 207 homes have also been lost since the McBride Fire began Tuesday afternoon on McBride Drive. A Type 1 Incident Management Team took over the fire response at 6 a.m. Thursday, as evacuations remain.

What you need to know about wildfire season in New Mexico

26 ViewsALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Hot, dry grass, high winds, and drought are ideal ingredients for a wildfire. And those ingredients are found in abundance in New Mexico. The result is a state prone to catching fire. As of early April, crews around the state have dealt with a large, wind-fueled fire

Lincoln National Forest fire danger rating elevated to high

16 ViewsALAMOGORDO N.M — The National Forest Service has raised Lincoln National Forest’s fire danger rating from moderate to high. The change in fire risk was announced in a press release Tuesday, as high winds, low humidity and several burning fires impact New Mexico.