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5:34 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Northern New Mexico Wildfires Slowly Coming Under Control

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The two wildfires burning in New Mexico are now 5 percent contained thanks to favorable weather conditions over the weekend.

Light winds and high humidity allowed fire crews to make considerable progress containing the Tres Lagunas Fire and the Thompson Ridge Fire on Sunday.

However dry and windy conditions are in the forecast through Monday evening, which officials say could make fire activity more volatile.

Nearly 200 homes and summer residences are considered to be threatened by the blazes and have been evacuated, although no structures have been burned.

Both fires broke out in the Santa Fe National Forest late last week as a result of downed power lines.

In California, firefighters have also made progress containing a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles. The Powerhouse fire, which has burned more than 45 square miles, is now 40 percent contained.

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