State News at a Glance 04-14-11

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Silver City fire

SILVER CITY – Crews have fully contained a 250-acre grass fire near Hobbs and contained a small wildfire that briefly threatened about 40 homes near Silver City.
Some homes north of Silver City near the Little Walnut Campground were voluntarily evacuated Wednesday afternoon because of the so-called Gomez fire.
The fire burned grass, pinon juniper and oak brush. U.S. Forest Service officials say a previous thinning project helped slow the blaze’s progression and it was eventually contained at about 10 acres.
The cause of the fire remains unclear. The Silver City Sun-News reported that residents were allowed back in their homes by 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, authorities say the so-called Harr fire that was started near Hobbs by a welder’s torch Wednesday afternoon was fully contained by nightfall. No structures were damaged.

Santa Fe imposes fire restrictions
SANTA FE, (AP) — Santa Fe County officials have issued an emergency ordinance declaring hazardous conditions and imposing fire restrictions.
The county said  the open burn restrictions are due to low winter and spring precipitation, high winds and extreme fire danger.
The restrictions became effective Wednesday and will be reviewed in 30 days for consideration of an extension.
The ordinance prohibits campfires, open fires of any kind and burning of vegetation or trash.
Smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles or in buildings exempt from the state law that prohibits smoking in public facilities.
County Fire Chief David Sperling said his department is taking precautions to ensure the community avoids a catastrophic fire that is caused by carelessness. Violations of the ordinance are punishable by jail time, up to a $300 fine or both.
– The Associated Press