Regional
11:53 pm
Sat April 30, 2011

Crews Battle Gila Fire

Silver City – Crews continue to battle a wildfire in the New Mexico's Gila Wilderness that has now charred more than 3,700 acres.

The so-called Miller fire was first spotted Thursday about 6 miles southwest of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and 2 miles northwest of Granny Mountain.

The fire is now estimated at 3,720 acres and fire officials are hoping Saturday's gusty wind conditions won't whip the flames.

Smoke from the wildfire is visible from Silver City and surrounding areas.

Gila National Forest officials say the fire was human caused and it's under investigation.

The only structure threatened is the historic Miller Springs Cabin, but crews have burned a fire line around it for protection.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.