Lightning storm ignites new NM fires

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OTERO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Fire officials say recent lightning storms have sparked two new fires in New Mexico.

The Potato Fire is located 2 miles northwest of Sunspot. Fire crews are working to suppress the small fire which is estimated to be approximately two-tenths of an acre in size. No structures are threatened by this fire at this time.

The second blaze, the Rodgers Fire, is reportedly out according to fire officials. It was located 6 miles northwest of Timberon, New Mexico. Officials say this fire was approximately one-tenth of an acre in size and was put out quickly by fire crews.

According to fire officials the Hinchley Fire and Bear Fire were also caused by lightning Friday.

Crews are in the mop-up stages for the Hinchley Fire however the Bear Fire is currently unstaffed but is being monitored.

Officials say the Bear Fire has little potential to spread. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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