Extreme fire weather conditions set the stage for large grass fires across southeast NM and west TX on February 27, 2011. The Enterprise fire began in extreme eastern Chaves County shortly after noon and quickly exploded to more than 30,000 acres in just a few hours. The GOES PG Hybrid Visible imagery below shows a dramatic comparison between the two images where MODIS has been added. The second set of images are the 1km visible and 3.9micron overlaid with NM roads. Note the source region of the fire along highway 172 in extreme eastern Chaves County. This fire burned quickly east across highways 457 and 206, nearly all the way across Lea County. Note the distinct cigar-like shape to the burn scar. This is a classic example of rapidly spreading, strong wind driven fire activity. It is also interesting that the hot spot from the burn scar is picked up 11 days later on the 3.9micron imagery. Perhaps this area was locally warmer than the surrounding landscape due to the change in soil conditions. This will also potentially impact the severity of flash flooding during the wet season in this area of Lea County.