Mar 21, 2011 9:34 PM by Stefanie Boe

Fire charred 2,000 acres

The fire south of Rocky Ford burned an estimated 2,000 acres Monday afternoon. It's 99% contained as of Monday night, according to the Otero County Sheriff's Office.

Fire crews will mop up and check for hot spots throughout the night.  With the help of high winds, the fire jumped two roads, Highway 10 and County Road 18, giving crews cause for concern. At one point, people in two areas were evacuated. The evacuation order has been lifted.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  The Otero County Sheriff's Office says the fire started near a canal, but the canal company was not burning ditches at the time.

Several agencies assisted with the firefighting efforts.

Another fire sparked in Fowler just a few hours after this one.  Fowler firefighters were helping with the fire in Rocky Ford before getting called back to Fowler.  That fire, on County Road KK.75, was contained quickly with no structures threatened.

Fire danger remains high across our state for the next several days.

Photo courtesy: Susan Pieper


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