Mother Nature's help hoped for Jaroso Fire

Posted at: 07/06/2013 3:39 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

 PECOS, N.M. (AP) - A pesky 17-square-mile blaze in the steep canyons of the Pecos Wilderness may still be zero percent contained.

But officials said Friday they hope the weather will eventually put out the Jaroso Fire.

Santa Fe National Forest spokesman Lawrence Lujan told the Albuquerque Journal that Mother Nature will likely tame the month-old inferno thanks to lower temperatures and higher humidity.

The area also has seen much needed rains and less wind in recent days.

The lightning-sparked fire has been difficult for crews to fight because of its location in rugged terrain.

There have been no reports of flooding yet, but mudslides and flash flooding remain among the U.S. Forest Service's greatest concerns. 

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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