Publication Date July 15, 2016

Gov. Martinez declares State of Emergency in response to Timberon Fire

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A fast-moving wildfire is threatening an entire community in Southern New Mexico.

The 300-acre fire is burning just outside the village of Timberon, east of Alamogordo.

Gov. Susana Martinez declared a State of Emergency Friday in response to the Timberon Wildfire affecting Otero County. The state of emergency will enable the county to order and pay for additional resources needed to help with this emergency.


The Otero County sheriff confirmed Thursday that there are 79 structures burned, including 31 homes and two commercial buildings. Thirty-two sheds or barns, and multiple vehicles have also been lost. 

There are an estimated 100 firefighters on scene, including two volunteer fire departments on the scene of the blaze, in addition to the park and forest services