Smoke expected from burnout at Tres Lagunas fire

Posted at: 06/05/2013 9:04 AM
By: The Associated Press

PECOS, N.M. (AP) - Areas east of the Tres Lagunas fire north of Pecos still burning in northern New Mexico can expect an increase in smoke in the next few days.

Firefighters plan to burn an area to clear unburned fuel, and the fire management team says that will increase smoke in the early afternoons and early evenings along the fire's east side.

The fire increased to 14 square miles as of Monday night, up from nearly 13.5 square miles at the start of the day.

Crews at last report had lines around 15 percent of its perimeter.

They are focusing on protecting watersheds for Santa Fe and Las Vegas and on protecting homes in the area.

Aircraft dropped fire retardant on Monday.

The fire started Thursday due to a downed power line.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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