Containment near for Valencia County grass fire

January 6, 2014 • State News

LOS CHAVES, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters have all but officially contained a brush fire that burned 11 acres of grass west of the Rio Grande south of Los Chaves in [auth] Valencia County.

New Mexico State Forestry says the fire apparently had stopped spreading by late Sunday but that full containment wasn’t declared immediately due to the potential for re-ignition of smoldering fuels.

A State Forestry engine will remain on the scene Monday to work on any hot spots that are detected and to make sure all containment lines are holding.

The so-called Lucky 7 fire was sparked by a malfunctioning transformer.

The fire destroyed a shed and for a time threatened several homes.

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