Thompson Ridge fire continues to grow

Posted at: 06/06/2013 9:58 AM
Updated at: 06/06/2013 10:27 PM
By: The Associated Press and Staff

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) - The Thompson Ridge Fire near Jemez Springs in northern New Mexico continues to grow. The fire is now estimated at 12,000 acres or 19 square miles, up from 16 square miles on Wednesday.

It's burning in the Valles Caldera National Preserve and part of the Santa Fe National Forest west of Santa Fe.

The fire is heading toward the Las Conchas burn scar. That should keep flames from spreading.

The fire started Friday from a downed power line. Containment is at 5 percent.

More than 800 personnel are fighting the fire. They're assisted by 10 tankers and helicopters.

Crews are burning out areas along the northern perimeter while improving lines on the east and south sides.

Fire managers say most of the fire activity anticipated Thursday will be in the fire area's northeastern interior as it reaches unburned fuel.

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