Expected change in weather could intensify fires

Posted at: 06/03/2013 8:40 AM
Updated at: 06/03/2013 3:00 PM
By: The Associated Press



PECOS, N.M. (AP) - More than 900 firefighters are racing against increasing winds and dropping humidity levels as they fight to contain two wildfires raging in the northern New Mexico mountains.

In the Santa Fe National Forest, the Tres Lagunas blaze had burned more than 12 1/2 square miles by midday Monday, and firefighters were working to protect a group of homes in the Holy Ghost Canyon and prevent the fire from spreading east where it could endanger a river watershed that supplies the city of Las Vegas.

Some 140 homes have been evacuated since late last week and officials said the fire was too unpredictable to say when the evacuees would be allowed to go home.

To the west, the Thompson Ridge fire near Jemez Springs remained at nearly 3 square miles. And 40 to 50 homes remained evacuated.

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