Posted at: 06/20/2013 8:33 AM
Updated at: 06/20/2013 1:44 PM
By: The Associated Press
30,300 acre fire continuing to burn at Kingston's doorstep in the Black Range northeast of Silver City.
Photo: Courtesy: Linda Pecotte
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - An evacuation order for a historical mining town near a raging fire in southern New Mexico's Gila National Forest has been lifted.
Incident Commander Matt Reidy said Thursday that Kingston residents with special entry permits will be allowed to return to the town.
Residents were evacuated last week after the lightning-caused fire moved closer to the town.
Officials say the inferno have grown by Thursday to 57 square miles just as firefighters finish setting up protections around a nearby historic mining town.
The fire's growth was blamed on persistent hot and dry weather which caused it to expand another 10 square miles overnight.
The wildfire is expected to burn more acreage throughout the week, spilling smoke into nearby towns.
More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze.
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