New Mexico Crews To Help Fight Wildfires

Aug 18, 2012

More than 100 New Mexico firefighters have been deployed to help with blazes burning throughout the West.  The New Mexico State Forestry Division is coordinating the dispatch of crews and engines from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Raton, Red River and San Juan County.

State Forestry Resource Protection Bureau Chief Donald Griego says New Mexico's fire danger has lessened thanks to some rainfall but other states are still dealing with critical fire danger.

New Mexico had two record-setting fires earlier this year.

The Whitewater-Baldy fire on the Gila National Forest burned more than 450 square miles to become the largest fire in the state's recorded history.

The Little Bear Fire near Ruidoso was the most destructive, burning more than 240 homes.

On state and private land, officials say more than 400 fires have burned 24,132 acres since January.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.