Containment of Signal Fire reaches 75 percent

Updated: 05/20/2014 12:59 PM | Created: 05/20/2014 9:42 AM
By: The Associated Press

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - Containment of a wildfire that has burned 9 square miles in southwestern New Mexico has inched upward to 75 percent.

The latest report on containment of the Signal Fire burning in grass and timber about 10 miles north of Silver City is up from 70 percent late Sunday.

Approximately 700 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire. Aircraft also are on hand to drop retardant and water on the fire.

Crews are mopping up hot spots as they keep an eye out for burning embers being blown out of the fire area.

The human-caused fire started burning on May 11.

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