Regional
11:31 pm
Sun June 13, 2010

New Mexico Wildfires

New Mexico – Firefighters are battling a lightning-caused wildfire that has charred more than 2,500 acres on the Santa Fe National Forest near Polvadera Peak.

The South Fork Fire is one of three fires burning on the northern New Mexico forest. Fire officials say the blaze has been pushed by strong winds, which have produced flame lengths of more than 200 feet and grounded all air support on Saturday.

South of Gallinas Canyon on the Pecos district, the Tecolotoe Fire has burned more than 1,300 acres.

The Red Fern Fire east of Cuba has destroyed a historic outbuilding and burned more than 100 acres. Fire officials say the flames there are also threatening a historic cabin.

On the Carson forest, officials have prepositioned firefighters due to strong winds and dry conditions.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.