Firefighters battle 16-acre Panther Fire

Wildfire smoke

OTERO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Firefighters are working to extinguish a new fire on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation they say was human caused.

The Panther Fire was detected near Panther Well Friday.

Officials say a helicopter assisted crews as they worked late into the night to stop the spread of the fire.

NM Fire reports the fire is 16 acres in size and zero percent contained.

At this time no structures are threatened and no evacuations have been ordered. 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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