NEWS FEED: Numerous Grassfires Spark Up on Friday Afternoon

Photo Courtesy of Eugene Franco of the fire at the Big Spring Landfill
Photo Courtesy of Eugene Franco of the fire at the Big Spring Landfill
Lovington, N.M. Grassfire
Lovington, N.M. Grassfire
Lovington, N.M. Grassfire
Lovington, N.M. Grassfire
Pictures of the East County Road 126 fire. Photo taken by NewsWest 9 Reporter Victor Lopez.
Pictures of the East County Road 126 fire. Photo taken by NewsWest 9 Reporter Victor Lopez.
Pictures of the East County Road 126 fire. Photo taken by NewsWest 9 Reporter Victor Lopez.
Pictures of the East County Road 126 fire. Photo taken by NewsWest 9 Reporter Victor Lopez.

UPDATE 4/29 10:11 p.m.: KOB-TV in New Mexico is reporting that the evacuations that were ordered for Gum and Colonial Streets near Lovington have been lifted. Highway 82 has also been reopened near Lovington. No cause yet on what caused the fire.

UPDATE 4/29 9:01 p.m.: KOB-TV is reporting that evacuations are in effect in the areas of Gum and Colonial Streets near Lovington, NM. State Forestry Service Officials are on the scene working the blaze.

UPDATE 4/29 8:56 p.m.: The Associated Press is reporting that Highway 82 has been closed due to the grassfire near Lovington, NM. KOB-TV in New Mexico is reporting that the fire is four miles west of Lovington and about one mile from the airport.

UPDATE 4/29 8:16 p.m.: NewsWest 9 has learned from KOB-TV in New Mexico that a fire is threatening homes west of Lovington. According to KOB, the fire is threatening numerous homes as well as the Lea County-Zip Franklin Memorial Airport. There is currently no word on evacuations. The fire has burned about 300 acres of land.

UPDATE 4/29 5:51 p.m.: Iraan Fire Update: Information is still sketchy, but here's what we have: A gas compressor may be responsible for the fire. The fire is near Track 75 near the Yates Gas Plant. Crews from Iraan, Sheffield, McCamey as well as crews from Kinder Morgan and contractors are working on the fire. The fire started around 4:45 today.

UPDATE 4/29 5:45 p.m.: NewsWest 9 has just learned there is a fire in Iraan. We are working on getting information. We do know that the fire is being contained.

UPDATE 4/29 4:54 p.m.: Officials tell NewsWest 9 the fire off of East County Road 126 has destroyed 6.8 acres, one abandoned building and six outbuildings. Officials are working on hot spots at this time. The Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department says they think the fire started from sparking transformers but they are still investigating.

UPDATE 4/29 4:25 p.m.: NewsWest 9 has received pictures of a fire at the Big Spring Landfill. We are working to get information on this fire. KBYG's Mike Henry is reporting that no structures are in danger but the fire is generating alot of smoke in the area. The fire is under control.

UPDATE 4/29 3:32 p.m.: NewsWest 9's Victor Lopez is reporting that approximately four acres have burned so far. A trash pile near ECR 126 is part of the blaze. Exact cause still not known.

UPDATE 4/29 3:00 p.m.: Greenwood VFD says the fire off ECR 126 is contained. A large trash pile is burning. City crews and Texas Forest Service are also on the scene.

UPDATE 4/29 2:50 p.m.: Latest from Anayeli Ruiz on fires in Howard County: 3 fires have been reported. They are on Salem Road, North McGregor and Highway 350. All fires are contained at this time. 75 acres have burned on Salem Road, 10 acres on McGregor Road and 1 and a half acres on Highway 350. Some homes were threatened, but were saved.

UPDATE 4/29 2:40 p.m.: Mike Henry with KBYG tells us a small fire on McGregor Road near Coahoma appears contained.

UPDATE 4/29 2:40 p.m.: A fire has been reported near SCR 1140 and ECR 126 in Midland County. We have a crew on the way now.

UPDATE 4/29 1:45 p.m.: Fires have been reported in Howard County. One is burning off Salem Road near Coahoma. We have a crew on the way to check it out.