ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The Latest on eastern New Mexico grass fire near Portales (all times local):
Authorities say a grass fire in eastern New Mexico now is contained after charring an estimated 1,000 acres (1.5 square miles) and burning four structures near Portales including two homes.
They say the fire broke out around 1 p.m. Wednesday and its cause isn’t immediately known.
Portales Fire Department crews battled flames and wind gusts up to 50 mph before getting the blaze under control around 6 p.m.
Additional crews from Roosevelt County, Clovis, Texico, Melrose, Cannon Air Force Base and Chaves County helped fight the wind-whipped fire.