MORIARTY, N.M. (KRQE) – The Torrance County Manager says a grass fire started around 11 a.m. Sunday in the Echo Ridge neighborhood. The Echo Ridge Fire burned a total of 167 acres and destroyed multiple buildings including three homes and six outbuildings. Residents in the area were evacuated, but those evacuation orders have been lifted.
Officials say there was 1 injured firefighter at Sunday’s fire who was taken to a local hospital. He has since been released. Officials said the high winds Sunday caused struggles for crews trying to get things under control. Different departments from around the state including Santa Fe, Bernalillo, and Sandoval County Fire Departments were also on the scene investigating the cause of the fire and preventing any possible flare-ups. Officials say no residents were injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.