Signal Fire reaches 85 percent containment

Posted at: 05/21/2014 8:27 AM
By: The Associated Press

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - Some crews are being released as containment of a wildfire that has burned 9 square miles in southwestern New Mexico has reached 85 percent.
The human-caused Signal Fire started burning in grass and timber about 10 miles north of Silver City on May 11.
More than 700 firefighters and other personnel were assigned to the fire as of Monday, but the headcount was down to 472 as of Tuesday evening.
Fire managers say enough crews will remain on hand to deal with any flare-ups and that management of the fire will be returned to the Gila National Forest Thursday evening.

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