Wildfires blacken New Mexico, Kansas

April 3, 2011 at 10:37 PM
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RUIDOSO, N.M., April 3 (UPI) -- Wildfires plagued New Mexico and Kansas Sunday with officials ordering evacuations in two communities.

One blaze near Ruidoso, N.M. -- dubbed the White Fire -- had destroyed at least four homes and several barns while forcing the evacuation of some neighborhoods where about 50 homes were threatened, Albuquerque's KRQE-TV reported.

Fire officials also said parts of Highway 70 were closed and the fire was still out of control after burning through 2,000-3,000 acres.

In southwestern Kansas, the residents of Satanta were allowed back into their homes after fleeing flames during the afternoon. At one time, 250 homes along with schools and businesses were threatened, Wichita's KWCH-TV reported.

The 1,000-acre grass fire, abetted by high winds, was brought under control, but not before a house and two trailer homes were damaged. No injuries have been reported.

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