60,000 acre NM fire spreads to TX, burning 4,000 acres in Cochra - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

60,000 acre NM fire spreads to TX, burning 4,000 acres in Cochran Co.

Cochran County wildfire (Photo by April Phillips via Texas A&M Forest Service) Cochran County wildfire (Photo by April Phillips via Texas A&M Forest Service)
COCHRAN COUNTY, TX (KCBD) -

According to officials with the Texas A&M Forest Service, the "206 Fire" that burned into Cochran County from New Mexico grew at a rate of nearly two football fields a minute until it was stopped in Texas.

"Wildfires burning in the present conditions will be able to spread at this rate or faster. Wildfires burning today will be extremely dangerous and spread faster than a person can run while providing control issues to firefighters."

Officials say crews will staff the fire again today, with critical wildfire weather. The fire on the Texas side is smoldering.

In New Mexico, the fire has forced the evacuation of at least 12 homes on Bledsoe Road in New Mexico. The fire is estimated to be about 60,000 acres.

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