A wildfire spreads out along Highway 70 northeast of Roswell, Thursday, charring hundreds of acres of land. (Matthew Arco Photo)
A tire blowout charred about 600 acres of land northeast of Roswell Thursday afternoon, fire officials said. A vehicle traveling north along Highway 70 sparked the blaze following the blowout at about 3 p.m., officials said.
The wildfire quickly spread south and crews from Chaves County, the Bureau of Land Management and the city of Roswell responded to the blaze.
No structures burned and the Magdelina Fire was 90 percent contained by 7:15 p.m., according to Dan Ware, a State Forestry spokesman. The fire burned about 20 miles outside of the city on private, state and BLM land, he said.