Crews continues to fight NM wildfires, storms eyed - New York News

Crews continues to fight NM wildfires, storms eyed

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Crews continue to battle around 93 square miles of tinder-dry forests in New Mexico as officials hope thunderstorms expected over the weekend will bring relief.

Officials said Saturday that the Silver Fire in the Gila National Forest was slightly tamed after rainfall hit the northern and southern portion of the blaze. The 34-square-mile inferno near the Arizona border prompted crews to build protection around the historic mining town of Kingston, N.M. The Northern Arizona Incident Management Team is hosting Congressman Steve Pearce, who is scheduled Saturday to tour the charred damage.

Meanwhile, the largest fire burning in New Mexico remained steady on the Valles Caldera National Preserve at 37 square miles and stayed 75% contained.

The Tres Lagunas Fire, which has blacked nearly 16 square miles north of Pecos, was 85% contained.

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