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      Grassfire continues to spread, thousands of acres burned

      Pronews 7 Staff Reports Monday 2:00p Authorities in New Mexioo say more than 17,000 acres burned in Sunday's fires. At times the fire was two miles wide and at others, it was reported to have been six miles wide. Three firemen were injured for smoke inhalation but they have since been treated and released. At least three homes were destroyed by the fires but firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze with the help of many local fire departments. UPDATE 9:00p Pronews 7 has confrmed that three firefighters were injured and transported to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is not yet known. UPDATE 8:20p Tucumcari Police tell Pronews 7 Highway 70 has been reopened between Clovis and Portales. UPDATE 8:15p The Associated Press reports more than 17,000 acres have burned in a two mile swath. UPDATE 7:30p Evacuations are still underway for residents of Highway 70, south of Centerline Road and south of Highway 467. Highway 467 remains closed. A firefighter just returning from the blaze says they have a good handle on it and they expect no more eastward progress. UPDATE 5:25pMELROSE, N.M. (AP) - A grass fire that erupted Sunday morning in Curry County has now consumed three homes and forced an unknown number of evacuations near the Roosevelt County line. The New Mexico Forestry Department says the blaze began along a highway between the towns of Melrose and Floyd and is being blown east. An area south of Clovis is now affected.Local fire officials are being sent to help Curry County crews protect structures.The flames are being driven by easterly winds of about 20 mph.Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the blaze started after a vehicle blew a tire and sparks from the rim landed in nearby grass.Homes are being evacuated along Highway 467. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

      UPDATE 4:25p Evacuations are now being ordered for residents south and east or US Highway 70. Also, Highway 70 is now closed between Clovis and Portales.The fire has now burned more than 4000 acres, according to Emergency Management in Roosevelt County. Homes and structures are threatened.

      Previously posted (AP)A grass fire that erupted Sunday morning in Curry County has consumed about 3,500 acres and is quickly being blown to the east. The New Mexico Forestry Department says the blaze is moving toward scattered ranch houses between the towns of Melrose and Floyd. Local fire officials are being sent to help Curry County crews protect structures. The flames are being driven by easterly winds of about 20 mph. No evacuations have been ordered. Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the blaze started after a vehicle blew a tire and sparks from the rim landed in nearby grass.
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