New Mexico News: Wednesday’s Five Facts

13 ViewsDisaster 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 is

Evacuation guide for Ready, Set, Go!

16 ViewsThe 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

7 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

5 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

4 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

Lincoln National Forest fire danger rating elevated to high

9 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.

Snowboarder, skier die in avalanches in Rocky Mountains

17 ViewsOPHIR, Colo. (AP) — A skier and a snowboarder died in recent avalanches in the Rocky Mountains, officials said. A man from Telluride, Colorado, was found buried in about 6 feet (2 meters) of snow near Lizard Head Pass Thursday afternoon after the crew in a heli-skiing helicopter spotted tracks