New Mexico News: Wednesday’s Five Facts

82 Views  Â Disaster declaration, Coming together, High fire danger, Recycling plant fire, Discounted tickets [1] Governor requests federal disaster declaration for wildfires – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is pushing for a presidential disaster declaration to start the process of wildland recovery. The usually does not happen until after the fire damage

Strong Winds in New Mexico May Push Fire Closer to Las Vegas

47 Views  Â LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Residents of the small northeastern New Mexico town of Las Vegas have been watching aircraft disappear into a giant plume of smoke to fight a growing wildfire that has burned hundreds of square miles, destroyed about 170 homes and threatens more destruction. Officials on Wednesday

Shelters overrun with animals escaping wildfires

53 Views  Â LAS VEGAS, N.M. (KRQE) – As the wildfires continue to burn across the state, animal shelters are being overrun with animals looking to escape the flames. “People found out they had to evacuate and the animals were nowhere to be found,” said Bea Gallegos, from the Animal Welfare Coalition

Rebuilding after wildfire rips through Ruidoso

118 Views  Â Many families left with nothing. RUIDOSO, N.M. — Clean-up is underway in Ruidoso after the McBride and Nogal Canyon fires rip through the village. Many families are beginning to rebuild, but it’s no easy task.

Evacuation guide for Ready, Set, Go!

146 Views  Â The Ready, Set, Go! program developed by fire officials to help everyone prepare for evacuations when wildfires begin. Here are the three stages of Ready, Set, Go!

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

102 Views  Â OCATE, 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

Simona Fire: Crews respond to bosque fire in Jarales

34 Views  Â VALENCIA 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.