Tres Lagunas Fire chars 13+ square miles

Posted at: 06/03/2013 9:42 PM
Updated at: 06/04/2013 9:51 PM
By: The Associated Press

PECOS, N.M. (AP) - Two massive columns of smoke hovered over northern New Mexico on Tuesday as more than 1,100 firefighters worked to build lines across rugged mountainsides and keep flames from pushing closer to summer homes and cabins.

Haze from the fires drifted across New Mexico, leading residents to worry the state might be in for a third consecutive record-breaking fire season.

Sparked by a downed power line, the Tres Lagunas Fire north of Pecos was 7 percent contained after charring more than 13 square miles in Santa Fe National Forest. Crews were concentrating efforts on Holy Ghost Canyon.

No structures have burned, but an evacuation order remains in place for more than 140 homes and an emergency closure was issued for the entire Pecos and Las Vegas ranger district, including the Pecos Wilderness.

Fire information officer Gerry Perry said officials were monitoring conditions to determine when residents would be allowed to return.

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