3 p.m. Conditions were hot, with a slight breeze and the occasional whiff of smoke, in the south Highway 337 area near 217.
This reporter was able to move freely on South 14 in the 217 area.
Barbie Letcher owns the Old Tyme Shop, which has stayed open and even held a jam session on Saturday night. She said people coming in are very concerned about looters.
Letcher said she had heard of three or four people broken into in the Buckboard area but said as of last night a roadblock has been set up there. Roadblocks are set up just south of the T Highway 217 makes with Martinez, blocking Plant Road, which is the northern boundary of the mandatory evacuation zone.
Another roadblock is set up at the junction of 217 and 337. A National Guardsman at that location said about a dozen people who live in the evacuated area have tried to go through, but law enforcement is not allowing anyone into the mandatory evacuation zone.
Letcher said that this afternoon the smell of smoke is less than it was this morning in the area but said winds have picked up.
At the time this story was posted, Torrance County Emergency Manager Javier Sanchez said there was no update on the size or containment of the fire, which is just under 18,000 acres and 9 percent containment at the last update.
A public meeting is being held at 4:30 p.m. at Roosevelt Middle School in Tijeras for a briefing; another meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Moriarty Civic Center. The Moriarty meeting replaces the one previously announced in Estancia.
Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at [email protected]