Wildfire in southern NM grows by 20 square miles

Posted at: 06/23/2013 12:37 PM
Updated at: 06/23/2013 2:42 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

SAN LORENZO, N.M. (AP) - Hot and dry winds drove a wildfire in southern New Mexico to grow by an additional 20 square miles.

The Silver fire burning in extremely rugged terrain within the Gila National Forest has scorched 109 square miles since being sparked by lightning on June 7.

It grew by 20 square miles from Saturday to Sunday morning.

Fire information officer Larry Helmerick says that despite the fire's growth, no homes are threatened or remain evacuated.

Twenty-six people in the tiny historic mining town of Kingston were allowed to return home Thursday after they were forced to evacuate for 10 days.

Helmerick says lower temperatures and monsoons are needed to help fight the fire, but that hot and dry conditions are expected Sunday and into early next week.


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