Northwest New Mexico has been experiencing a lack of moisture this winter, with dry fuels and gusty winds creating a “perfect storm” for this wildfire to grow. The quick actions of the responding firefighters kept the fire away from exposed structures, was well as a natural gas well behind the Bloomfield Boys and Girls Club on South 2nd Street. While the fire was contained around 19:30 hours, firefighters continued working, conducting backfiring operations to mitigate some of the remaining dry fuels. The Bloomfield Fire Department is investigating the cause of this incident.
According to San Juan County Fire Chief Craig Daughtery, the fire burned approximately 40 to 50 acres. No injuries and no structure damage occurred. Bloomfield Fire Chief John Mohler stated that the area the fire burned, east of US Highway 550 and south of West Piñon Street, contained a large amount of combustible vegetation. Evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes around 18:40 hours. High wind conditions ahead of a cold front caused this fire to rapidly move through the area.
On January 20th, 2018 at approximately 15:46 hours, Bloomfield Fire Units that were out on another assignment reported seeing a large column of smoke in the area of South 1st Street. At the same time fire dispatchers started receiving reports of a large brush fire in the swamp area east of the Sonya's Cooking, a restaurant located at 2001 Bloomfield Highway. The fire sparked a large response from Northeast San Juan County fire departments, including the City of Farmington and surrounding County Fire Districts. Homes south of Ash Street were evacuated around 16:17 hours.
Bloomfield, NM - 700 Block of South 1st Street
January 20th, 2018 at 15:46 Hours