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Buzzard Fire grows to 12,000+ acres; smoke visible in metro area

KOB.com Web Staff
May 26, 2018 06:40 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Smoke from the Buzzard Fire in southwest New Mexico is making its way to many parts of the state, including the Albuquerque metro area and the East Mountains. 

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The fire, initially sparked Tuesday for reasons still unknown, has swelled to over 12,000 acres in size. Nearly 500 personnel are working to contain the Gila National Forest blaze, according to the latest updates from officials.

The combination of high temperatures and gusty winds has also led to a red flag warning being issued –an indicator of the potential for "extreme fire conditions."

Some public hiking routes are temporarily closed as a result of the fire, including around the Continental Divide trail. 

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