Lightning strikes spark fires


June 17, 2009

Freedom New Mexico

A late-morning thunderstorm and lightning strikes kept Portales firefighters busy Wednesday.

Lightning sparked seven grass fires in parts mostly to the south and east of Portales, according to Fire Chief John Bridges.

The biggest was a blaze over approximately 150 to 200 acres south of Arch. All of the fires were extinguished by 4:30 p.m.


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