Paradise Loop Fire Evening Update – Torrance County – April 24, 2021

The Paradise Loop Fire located off Highway 66 and Vigil Road in Torrance County is now 30% contained. The fire remains estimated at 40 acres. An unknown number of residents were evacuated along Vigil Road by local law enforcement. Multiple structures remain threatened and three outbuildings have burned. Resources will be working to contain this fire throughout the night in preparation for high winds forecast for Sunday and Monday. More than 40 personnel are currently working to suppress the Paradise Loop fire.

Individuals sensitive to wildfire smoke should take precautions and use the New Mexico Department of Health 5-3-1 Visibility Method to determine if it’s safe to be outside. Learn more at 

Start Date & Time: April 24, 2021 – 1530

Start Location: Highway 66 and Vigil Road, Torrance County

Latitude: N 35.034472

Longitude: W -106.166158

Cause of Fire:  Debris burning

Area Vegetation: Grass, brush, pinon/juniper

Estimated Acres Burned: 40

Ownership(s): Private

Structures Threatened: Yes

Structures Burned: 3 outbuildings

Evacuations: Yes

Wendy Mason
Wildfire Prevention & Communications Coordinator
EMNRD Forestry Division

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