Crews were focusing Sunday on protecting homes in a historic southwest New Mexico mining town from a 35-square mile wildfire that had prompted the evacuation of 26 people from their houses.
Fire information officer Kevin Bailey said crews fighting the Silver Fire planned on Sunday to strengthen fire protection lines that have already been built around the community of Kingston.
The fire hasn't burned into the community. The distance between the lightning-caused blaze and the closest homes was unknown.
Crews had removed brush from around the homes. Fire trucks are waiting nearby in case they are needed to protect the homes.
The evacuation of homes in Kingston remained in place Sunday.
The blaze is 5 percent contained.
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