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

31 Views  Â Multiple 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

Largest wildfires in New Mexico history

105 Views  Â ALBUQUERQUE, 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

77 Views  Â RUIDOSO, 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

What you need to know about wildfire season in New Mexico

98 Views  Â ALBUQUERQUE, 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

Lincoln National Forest fire danger rating elevated to high

97 Views  Â ALAMOGORDO 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.

Hermits Peak Fire now 928 acres in size, 10% contained

100 Views  Â SANTA FE, N.M. — There are new, mandatory evacuations for a wildfire burning northwest of Las Vegas. Officials are asking the communities of San Ignacio, Las Dispensas, Las Tusas and Pendaries to evacuate.