U.S. 54 fire contained

QCSun staff

A grass fire that started at U.S. 54 mile marker 310 around 1 p.m. Saturday has been contained by area fire crews, Tucumcari Fire Department Chief Mike Cherry said.

“It’s not controlled. It’s contained, but we think fully contained. There’s still hot spots. We’ve released almost everybody and there’s a couple of trucks still out there,” Cherry said.

Cherry said no structural damage resulting from the fire has been reported.

He said about 100 fire personnel from 11 area fire departments responded to the call. New Mexico State Police began diverting traffic from U.S. 54 around 1:19 p.m. The highway reopened at 5:23 p.m. Saturday.

Cherry said the fire likely spanned more than 2,000 acres, covering an area four miles long and three miles wide, though he did not have an official measurement.

“By the time the first fire crew got there, (the fire) had jumped 54 on the north side and away it went,” Cherry said.