FEMA awards grant to help with eastern NM fire

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a grant to help cover the costs of fighting a 17,000-acre grass fire that broke out Sunday in eastern New Mexico.

Authorities say the fast-moving fire destroyed three homes as winds pushed it across grasslands in Curry and Roosevelt counties.

An unknown number of residents had to evacuate the sparsely populated area Sunday, but they have since returned home.

State Homeland Security Secretary Michael Duvall says the FEMA grant is designed to help pay for emergency responders and equipment.