Officials investigate suspicious fire

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QCSun staff The Tucumcari Police Department is investigating a Friday night fire which destroyed one vacant home and damaged two others. “The cause of the fire has still not been determined,” said Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry. Cherry said the fires seemed suspicious, as one home was destroyed on the 500 block of East Center […]

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 […]

Emergency crews respond to fire

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QCSun staff The Tucumcari Fire Department is working on trying to contain a fire today along Route 66 which spread to U.S. 54,

Fire hazardous weather warning

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a red flag warning which is in effect from noon today to 6 p.m. MST this evening. The fire weather watch is no longer in effect. A fire weather watch remains in effect Thursday afternoon.

Quay fire spans 600-acre perimeter

Russell Anglin A Wednesday afternoon grass fire eight miles south of Tucumcari at Quay Road 55 spanned a 600-acre perimeter, Tucumcari firefighter Scott Jaynes said.“The whole area was about 600 acres. Of course, not everything inside that area was burned, that was the outside perameter. Luckily it was an area where there weren’t any houses,” […]

Fire department inspects fireworks stands

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Thomas Garcia When celebrating our nation’s Independence Day many of us gather together at dark for a fireworks display. While many attend a city- or county-orchestrated event, many enthusiasts take matters into our own hands. People purchase these loud and colorful statements of patriotism from a fireworks stand. While some planning goes into the type […]

High winds have area fire departments on alert

By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun Area fire crews are checking equipment and staying in touch with department chiefs as red flag warnings continue in Quay County.

Wildfire shuts down I-40

A wild fire Friday officials say was started by a truck’s hot exhaust system consumed more than 1,200 acres of range land in Quay County and closed I-40 for about an hour. It took seven Quay County fire departments and four Texas fire departments to extinguish the fire, said Quay County Fire Marshal Donald Adams. […]

Police investigating fatal fire

QCS Staff Investigators are working to identify a charred body found Tuesday in the sleeper cab of a burning semi truck near Tucumcari. The state medical investigator will determine identity and cause of death, according to a press release from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Motor Transportation police officers responded to a report […]

Paroled man unable to give back to community

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun A paroled Tucumcari man was looking for a chance to serve the community but said he was denied that opportunity because of his past. Anthony Gallegos said he applied and was denied a chance to be a volunteer firefighter for the City of Tucumcari. Fire Chief Mike Cherry said […]