Burn ban initiated in Quay County

By QCS Staff

The Quay County Commission approved a open fire ban which will be effective 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The commission approved the resolution on the recommendation of Donald Adams, Quay County Fire Marshal, at its Monday meeting.

The resolution says the county is joining other Eastern New Mexico and West Texas counties in the ban and that current drought indices and predictions for drought conditions indicate it is in the best interests of the residents. “The county-wide ban (is) on any outdoor open flame, with the exception of propane and charcoal barbecue grills with covers,” according to the resolution.

A fire last week on Highway 104 north of Tucumcari is a prime example of the dry, and drought-like conditions in Quay County.

Adams, said that Rural 1, 2 and the Tucumcari Fire department responded to the fire. They received additional help from the Arch Hurley Conservancy District.