- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

TIMBERON, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on a southern New Mexico wildfire (all times local):

5 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has declared a state of emergency in response to a wildfire in Otero County.

Friday afternoon’s declaration will enable the county to order and pay for additional resources needed to fight the wildfire in the southern New Mexico mountain village of Timberon.

The fire has destroyed 67 structures and numerous vehicles and is 16 percent contained after charring about 260 acres.

An update provided Friday by fire incident commanders says approximately 30 vehicles have been destroyed or damaged, including 14 recreational vehicles.

Homes account for at least 30 of the destroyed or damaged structures.

Crews are constructing and improving fire lines and removing debris and dangerous trees in the burn area.

The fire started Wednesday and has burned nearly a half square-mile. Cause is under investigation.

8:50 a.m.

Fire officials say at least 30 homes in the southern New Mexico mountain village of Timberon are among approximately 60 structures destroyed or damaged by a wildfire.

Fire management team spokeswoman Beth Mitchell says it’s been difficult to determine from what’s left of additional buildings whether they were homes or something else.

She says all that’s left in some cases are roof remains and that workers need to contact owners who live elsewhere to ask them about their property.

Mitchell says crews have a line around the fire but that it hasn’t been widened and strengthened enough to deem it containment.

No injuries have been reported from the fire, which started Wednesday and has burned nearly a half square-mile. Cause is under investigation.

Timberon is 25 miles southeast of Alamogordo.

7:50 a.m.

Authorities say dozens of homes and other buildings have been damaged or destroyed by a wildfire burning in the southern New Mexico mountain village of Timberon.

A multiagency fire information service reports that approximately 60 structures were damaged or destroyed as of Thursday night.

The service says that figure of approximately 60 structures includes homes and outbuildings.

No injuries have been reported from the fire, which started Wednesday. Cause is under investigation.

Approximately 160 personnel are assigned to the fire, which has burned nearly a half of a square mile.

The area has wooded, hilly terrain.

Timberon is 25 miles southeast of Alamogordo.


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