Fire Burns In The Gila

May 20, 2012

GLENWOOD, N.M. (AP) — Crews assigned to a 630-acre wildfire in western New Mexico's Gila Wilderness couldn't attack the blaze on Sunday because it was burning in rough and steep terrain.  Still, firefighters were building protection lines nearby in case the slow-moving fire spread in that direction.

The Whitewater Fire about 10 miles northeast of Glenwood was burning in wilderness and wasn't near any homes or businesses.

The fire was started Wednesday by lightning.

Another lightning-caused wildfire was burning in Gila Wilderness.

The Badly Fire was located seven miles to southeast of the Whitewater Fire.

By Sunday afternoon, the Badly Fire had burned 3,000 acres.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.