June 13, 2011
RATON, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire near the New Mexico-Colorado border that has already forced the evacuation of about 200 homes and businesses and shut down part of a major interstate has more than doubled in size.
Fire officials confirmed Monday afternoon that the Track Fire had grown to an estimated 6,000 acres.
It has also destroyed two structures, but officials had no details on whether they were homes, businesses or outbuildings.
The fire has forced the evacuation of between 800 to 1,000 people from neighborhoods northeast of Raton.
In addition to homes and businesses, Mayor Neil Segotta says other concerns are the city's water treatment plant and its watershed.
Asked to describe the fire, the mayor said: "It looks like your worst nightmare."
He says the winds are beginning to get stronger.