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Buzzard Fire burns more than 16,000 acres

Buzzard Fire burns more than 16,000 acres

KOB.com Web Staff
May 28, 2018 06:45 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Fire crews are battling a blaze that has scorched thousands of acres of the Gila National Forest.

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The Buzzard Fire has burned 16,696 acres as of Monday morning. It is now 14 percent contained.  Nearly 500 personnel from across the state are working to stomp out the fire, conducting burnouts to proactively stall the fire's advance.

Smoke from the fire could be seen more than 200 miles away in the Albuquerque metro on Saturday, with local fire officials ensuring local residents there were no new fires in the East Mountains. 

Fire officials say an investigation team has arrived on the scene to investigate how the fire started.

Meanwhile, the Kellar Fire in the Lincoln National Forest is 43 acres in size and has zero percent containment. Lightning is to blame for that blaze, officials say.

Crews will start ignition operations on Tuesday.

Firefighters continue to warn of extremely dry conditions across the state. Visitors and residents are being told to use extreme caution using any heavy machinery. 

Check current fire restrictions here.

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