Tatum Grassfire Under Investigation

TATUM, N.M. (AP) - Firefighters have contained a blaze that charred an estimated 3,000 acres of grassland northeast of Tatum.

State Forestry Division spokesman Dan Ware says the Sand Fire appears to be human-caused but an investigation will continue to determine the exact cause.

The fire started Sunday. It raced across state and private land before crews were able to fully contain the flames Monday afternoon.

Ware says erratic winds and deep sand had hindered containment efforts.

No structures were threatened by the fire.