New Mexico wildfires still burning despite rain

New Mexico wildfires still burning despite rain
Monday, June 17, 2013 - 8:43am

Despite some rain over the weekend, several fires continue to burn in New Mexico. The Silver Fire near Kingston has scorched more than 22,000 acres and is only five percent contained. Kingston remains under evacuation. There are more than 600 firefighters working to put out the blaze. This fire was sparked by lightning on June 7th.  

The Tres Lagunas fire near Pecos, New Mexico is now 90 percent contained, but has scorched more than 10,200 acres. More than 300 firefighters are working to put out this blaze. Fire crews had hoped to have this fire fully contained by Saturday. It started back on May 30th from a downed power line.

Meanwhile, about 500 firefighters will continue to gain ground on the Thompson Ridge Fire burning north of Jemez Springs. It is now 80 percent contained. However, it has charred almost 24,000 acres. This fire began a day after the Tres Lagunas fire, on May 31st, also because of a downed power line.

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