CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An eastern New Mexico fire chief said Tuesday that a mid-April grass fire burned about 71,000 acres — more than four times the original estimate.
Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said he drove the fire line last week and found it covered 25 miles and was more than four miles wide in most areas.
The Clovis News Journal reported Jacobs was incident commander for the fire, which broke out April 17 and burned in Curry and Roosevelt counties.
Officials said the blaze started near Melrose when sparks set grass on fire after a tire blew out on a vehicle. The fire burned three houses and a barn and killed or injured about 100 head of cattle.