Fire watch

Posted at: 06/29/2013 4:33 PM
Updated at: 06/29/2013 5:25 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The towering plume of smoke looks daunting, but firefighters assigned to what has become the largest fire currently burning in New Mexico have been able to make some progress against the flames.

Fire officials reported Saturday that the Silver Fire burning in southern New Mexico's Gila National Forest is now 35 percent contained.

It has charred more than 196 square miles since being sparked by lightning three weeks ago.

Fire managers were using seven helicopters Saturday to help lessen the fire's intensity.

To the north, the Jaroso Fire has burning through more than 17 square miles of steep, rugged territory in the headwaters of the Pecos River.

That includes portions of the Pecos Wilderness.

There's no containment, but crews are focusing on building a line in Panchuela Creek north of Jacks Creek Campground.

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