NM Rig Fire Forces Evac

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 @ 02:07 PM gHale


Fire crews battled a huge fire at an oil and gas rig in San Juan County, NM, Tuesday morning.

The fire started around 10:15 p.m. Monday night on WPX property near Nageezi.

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Crews initially surrounded the fire which ended up contained quickly but was let to burn as it was too hot for firefighters to get close.

Around 36 oil storage tanks caught on fire and drilling in the area has stopped.

WPX made sure residents in the area remained safe as they fought to keep the fire contained to their property.

No one suffered an injury and all employees, contractors and families in the area are accounted for. 55 people ended up evacuated overnight but most are back home. 

WPX does not know how the fire started.