06/14/2011 12:41 pm ET | Updated Aug 14, 2011

Track Fire, Burning Near Raton, New Mexico, Has Expanded Rapidly And Crossed The Border Into Colorado

The fire blazing through Raton, New Mexico has tripled in size overnight and has crossed the border into Colorado, Tuesday morning.

The Huffington Post/AP reported earlier that the Raton wildfire fanned by high winds forced hundreds of people from their homes more than doubled in size to an estimated 6,000 acres, just Monday.

As of Tuesday morning, the fire has aggressively expanded and is burning over 24,000 acres in a very short period of time, according to a statement made by New Mexico States Forestry spokesman, Dan Ware to the Denver Post. The fire burns on both sides of I-25 and the highway between Trinidad, Colorado and Raton, New Mexico remains closed.

Barbara Riley, a school teacher ad owner of the Heart’s Desire Bed and Breakfast in Raton had this to say in a statement made to the Colorado Springs Gazette:

It’s very close. We’re watching trees explode before our eyes. It’s horrendous.