TIMBERON (AP) — Exploding propane tanks Thursday kept firefighters from confirming the extent of damage in and around a southern New Mexico mountain village of Timberon where authorities said a wildfire apparently burned multiple homes.
Firefighters' operations also were hindered by downed power lines in the area, according to state officials.
There are no reported injuries, the fire's cause hadn't been determined and there was no estimate when the fire would be contained.
The blaze led Gov. Susana Martinez to activate the state's emergency operations center to help coordinate the response. Federal officials approved her request for funds to help cover the cost of firefighting efforts.
Martinez was briefed by incident commanders Thursday after flying over the fire, which had charred nearly half of a square mile.
"Sadly, the fire may have already destroyed more than a dozen homes, and many more are at risk," she said. "I ask New Mexicans to join me in praying for the residents of Timberon."