Crews eye winds, dry weather in Silver Fire

Posted at: 06/17/2013 10:03 AM | Updated at: 06/17/2013 10:43 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Crews are preparing for a raging 35-square-mile blaze in southern New Mexico's Gila National Forest to grow as the area expects to see drier and windy weather.

Officials say close to 600 firefighters Monday are battling the Silver Fire, which is now 5 percent contained.

But lower humidity and high winds may spark more troubles for crews.

Officials say protection work almost is complete on the nearby historic mining town of Kingston.

Meanwhile, Thompson Ridge Fire, the state's largest blaze at 37 square miles, is now 80 percent contained. On the other side of the Santa Fe National Forest, the nearly 16-square mile Tres Lagunas fire north of Pecos was 90 percent contained.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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