NM Wildfire Update

Posted at: 06/22/2013 11:48 AM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

 SAN LORENZO, N.M. (AP) - Fire managers say a blaze burning in southern New Mexico is expected to grow again Saturday, a day after it made a run that consumed nearly 19 square miles of rugged terrain in the Gila National Forest.

The Silver Fire has charred more than 88 square miles since being sparked by lightning on June 7.

Almost 500 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the fire.

Crews were bracing for a hot, dry and windy day as weather forecasters issued another red flag warning for the area.

Humidity levels were extremely low.

Fire information officer Larry Helmerick says firefighters are building indirect line on the northeastern and northwestern flanks of the fire in hopes of keeping it boxed in.

As of Saturday, the blaze was 20 percent contained and not threatening any homes or other structures.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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