The plume of smoke from a field fire in Los Cordovas could be seen for miles around Friday (Dec. 29). What started as a simple afternoon burn quickly spread as winds picked up, torching about three acres in roughly an hour.
The Taos Fire Department responded to a call at 3:05 p.m. Friday for a field fire located on Los Cordovas Road about one mile west of the juncture with State Road 240.
A resident in the area had a permit for the fire and began burning his fallow field around 2 p.m.
However, as the afternoon pressed on, the wind gathered strength. Flames quickly jumped two fire lines the resident had established and spread to adjacent fields.
The fire jumped multiple property lines and fences, forcing firefighters to use several driveways to access the areas still smoldering.
As of 4:15 p.m., the fire had burned three acres of mostly grass. About 10 residents helped put out hot spots as they flared up in the already burned fields. Only a large brush and waste pile, which punctured a fire hose, was still churning out smoke, and the large plume soon dissipated.
No structures burned down and no injuries were reported.
Reporter Cody Hooks contributed to this story.