Regional
7:58 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Agriculture Secretary To Tour Southwest Wildfires

New Mexico – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRWG) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be in New Mexico and Arizona on Wednesday to talk about his department's efforts to help those affected by the wildfires ravaging the Southwest.

Vilsack is scheduled to stop in Albuquerque for a press briefing before traveling to areas recently damaged by fire.

In New Mexico, crews are battling a blaze that has scorched more than 93 square miles. The Las Conchas fire has forced the closure of a government nuclear laboratory as well as the evacuation of thousands of residents from the Los Alamos area.

Crews along the Arizona-New Mexico border are working to contain the largest wildfire in Arizona history.

The Wallow fire started in eastern Arizona. It has burned nearly 841 square miles, including about 25 square miles in New Mexico.

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