ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A wildfire blamed on a power line and tree coming in contact is forcing evacuations in the Jemez Mountains east Fenton Lake, New Mexico State Forestry is reporting.
The fire, dubbed the Thompson Wildfire, started about 2:40 p.m. in the Thompson Ridge area and at last report was estimated to have spread through five acres of grass, brush and timber.
Firefighters on the scene report the flames "creeping along the ground with occasional tree torching," according to State Forestry.
Nearby residents are being evacuated.
Shortly before 7 p.m. the fire was estimated to have covered 300 acres. The Sandoval County Sheriff's Department reported one home had caught fire, but the extent of the damage was not known.
The area is west of the Valles Caldera National Preserve and about 10 miles north of Jemez Springs.
State Forestry reported winds out of the west-southwest at 2 mph with gusts to 5 mph.
Sandoval County volunteers fire departments and U.S. Forest Service firefighters were working the blaze with additional cres on the way. A water-dropping helicopter also was diverted from the Tres Lagunas Fire near Pecos to assist.
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