Crews make progress on Blue 2 Fire as more personnel join the fight

RUIDOSO, N.M. — Officials say the growth of the Blue 2 Fire has slowed and containment has begun as more people have joined the firefight near Ruidoso.

The fire is now at 7,495 acres as of June 4. There are 489 people working on eight crews, 14 engines six helicopters, three bulldozers and seven water tenders. There are less personnel than last week because the fire is now at 69% containment.

After days of growing hundreds of acres, the Blue 2 Fire grew just two acres from May 30 to May 31. The fire was an estimated 7,457 acres May 31, up slightly from 7,455 acres May 30 and 7,402 acres May 29.

On May 31, the fire was at 5% contained. That was thanks to the 785 people now working on the fire, up from 699 people the day before. There were 17 crews, 31 engines, eight helicopters, nine bulldozers and 12 water tenders in the field May 31.

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