Fire In Northern NM Now 60 Percent Contained

Jun 13, 2013

Authorities say the Thompson Ridge fire in northern New Mexico now is 60 percent contained.

That's 10 percent higher than earlier Wednesday and officials say the fire grew by only about 90 acres. It now is at 22,900 acres.

The fire has burned nearly 36 square miles in the western portion of the Santa Fe National Forest and in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

It began May 31 because of a downed power line.

Fire officials say cloud cover allowed nearly 900 firefighters and support personnel to get a lot of work done.

Previously unburned fuel in the fire's interior produced tall plumes of smoke Tuesday.

Some of that was due to crowns of trees catching fire after being dried out from when low-intensity fire moved through an area previously.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.