VALENCIA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Crews are busy monitoring a grass fire that’s spread over two New Mexico counties.
The Pino Fire flared up Friday afternoon.
New Mexico State Forestry says a handful of homes are threatened, and several people have voluntarily evacuated. For now, crews are watching for hotspots and flare ups.
It’s believed the fire was caused by ditch burning which is done to help improve water flow in ditches.
The fire has burned almost 200 acres near the Valencia and Socorro County line near Highway 346.
State Forestry says the landowner who allegedly did the ditch burning has been cited.