Eleven Structures Burn in New Mexico Wildfire


State forestry officials say up to 11 structures burned Wednesday in a grass fire near Lovington, but none was an occupied primary home.

Fire crews were mopping up hot spots Wednesday afternoon, and authorities expected to lift evacuations put into effect after the fire broke out about 11 a.m. on private land west of Lovington.

Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says dry conditions and 17 to 22 mph winds had pushed the southeastern New Mexico blaze.

It was originally believed to have burned 50 to 100 acres, but officials lowered the estimate to 30 to 40 acres.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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