Evacuation Lifted In Fire Zone

Jun 3, 2012


Residents and business owners will be allowed to return to the small privately run ghost town of Mogollon on Monday as fire crews battling the largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history continue to make progress.

The town was evacuated on May 26 as extreme wind fueled the Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire.

Tara Ross, a spokeswoman for crews fighting the fire, says that the Catron County Sheriff's Office decided to lift the evacuation order on Monday because crews were able to build some containment lines on the 377-square-mile fire's western flank.

She says milder weather on Sunday and in upcoming days will allow firefighters to increase containment.

The community of Willow Creek on the fire's northern flank remains evacuated.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.