“267 Fire” burns 1,000 acres, 4 structures in Roosevelt County


People near Portales were evacuated from their homes Wednesday afternoon as the winds fueled a 1,000-acre grass fire in Floyd, near Highway 267 and Roosevelt Road. 

The Portales Fire Department said the fire contained with most of the grass fire completely out, but crews are working on mopping up some hotspots. 

The fire was located in the area of Roosevelt Rd. Y and State Highway 267. At this time, there are no more evacuations. 

According to the Portales fire chief, four homes burned in the fire along with numerous outbuildings. 

NM267 was closed at Roosevelt County Road U and NM 236 due to poor visibility from smoke and dust. Motorists were advised to seek an alternate route and watch for emergency vehicles and personnel in the area.

Officials said the fire started around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday and at least four structures were burned, two of which were homes. People living north of U.S. 70, south of NM 236 and west of Roosevelt Road were encouraged to evacuate earlier Wednesday.

One person was taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

Additional crews from Roosevelt County, Clovis, Texico, Melrose, Cannon Air Force Base, and Chaves County were called in to help with the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Winds near the eastern New Mexico stateline have been gusting around 50-65mph. 

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