Erratic Silver Fire now 70 square miles

Posted at: 06/21/2013 10:01 AM
Updated at: 06/21/2013 10:02 AM
By: The Associated Press

The Silver Fire has grown to nearly 70 square miles.
The Silver Fire has grown to nearly 70 square miles.

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - An erratic wildfire in southern New Mexico's Gila National Forest that is spilling smoke columns 30,000 feet high has grown to nearly 70 square miles.        

Officials said Friday that the Silver Fire, which is 20 percent contained, expanded due to drier conditions and low humidity.    

The area around the blaze is under a red flag warning. Those are issued to warn fire managers about critical weather and fuel moisture conditions that could lead to dramatic increases in wildfire activity.

Crews are scheduled Friday to construct indirect fire line from East Yates Canyon to McKnight Cabin in the northwest part of the blaze and along the Hermosa Trail in the northeast part.    

Residents of Kingston were allowed to return home Thursday after they were forced to evacuate for 10 days.

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