Containment of Signal Fire reaches 70 percent

Updated: 05/19/2014 12:36 PM | Created: 05/19/2014 8:13 AM
By: The Associated Press

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - A southwestern New Mexico wildfire is holding at 9 square miles as crews have increased containment to 70 percent but are bracing for troublesome weather.
Fire managers say critical fire weather began over the weekend and is expected to continue through Friday with warmer temperatures, low humidity and higher wind.
Approximately 700 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire. Aircraft also are on hand to drop retardant and water on the fire.
The human-caused fire started burning in rugged terrain about 10 miles north of Silver City on May 11.

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