Stray bullet sets off 13-acre wildfire

About 50 firefighters were called out to contain the fire started by the spark of a ricocheting bullet


By Christine Steele 
Las Cruces Sun-News

SILVER CITY, N.M. — A stray bullet from someone taking target practice was all it took to spark a blaze Sunday that burned more than 13 acres and caused the evacuations of several homes off Ridge Road out past the new jail.

The fire call came in to the Tyrone Volunteer Fire Department around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Roger Groves, assistant fire chief with the department, and started at the western end of Salars Road. It was later named the Mothers Fire by New Mexico State Forestry.

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