Cigarette Starts Fire in Lea County

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Lovington fire officials are blaming a cigarette flicked out of the window of a vehicle for a blaze that charred 224 acres and burned an abandoned building.

Firefighters from six agencies answered the call to fight the blaze, which broke out yesterday during high winds.

The fire caused a brief closure of U.S. 82 near Lovington and forced the evacuation of a handful of homes.

Wildfires this week in the state have burned two abandoned buildings and more than 11,000 acres.