SAN JUAN COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) -A fire broke out on Sunday evening in the area of Road 5211 and US Highway 64 between Bloomfield and Lee Acres. The fire is at 21 acres and is 5% contained as of Monday, May 17.
San Juan County Fire & Rescue reports that crews were at the scene all night Sunday in order to continue to cut fire lines and to monitor hotspots. Evacuees were permitted to return to their homes Sunday around 10:30 p.m. and there is no threat to structures at this time.
One residence with a detached garage was lost in the fire and there was damage to one outbuilding. According to officials, there was large response to the incident on Sunday as crews were called to a grass fire that quickly spread due to wind and plenty of combustible fuels.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.