Regional
12:28 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Fire Evacuations Advised

Silver City – Some 35 homeowners at Gila Hot Springs in southwestern New Mexico have been advised to evacuate because of an approaching wildfire that has burned nearly 33,000 acres.

The blaze, dubbed the Miller fire, is burning in a remote and rugged area of the Gila Wilderness.

Fire information officer Carrie Templin says N.M. 15 in the area was closed Sunday and remains closed Monday.

The Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitors Center and some campgrounds along the highway also are shut down.

Officials battling a separate fire southeast of Santa Fe say it destroyed one home.

Fire officials say roadblocks were lifted Sunday in the area near the so-called Las Vegas fire, which burned about 14 acres along U.S. 285.

Officials say that fire was caused by overheated vehicle brakes.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.