Posted at: 05/30/2013 3:51 PM
Updated at: 06/01/2013 1:57 PM
By: KOB.com staff; Barry Massey, The Associated Press
PECOS, N.M. (AP) - A fast-moving fire in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest has prompted evacuations, threatened cabins and vacation homes, and closed a highway.
Officials asked residents in 140 homes - mostly used for the summer - to evacuate as crews battled the 1.6-square-mile blaze near the communities of Pecos and Tres Lagunas, about 25 miles east of Santa Fe. They also evacuated campgrounds and closed trailheads around Pecos, Las Vegas and Santa Fe as they worked on containment lines in hopes of preventing the fire from moving toward the capital city's watershed and the Tres Lagunas community.
Voluntary evacuations have been issued for the Cow Creek area.
An evacuation center is available at the Pecos High School Gymnasium. Evacuees with animals and livestock can be taken to the Pecos Rodeo Grounds, acccording to Forest Service officials.
New Mexico State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the evacuations came after the fire jumped state Highway 63.
Officials said a downed power line ignited the blaze Thursday.
No structures have burned and no injuries have been reported.
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