Regional
7:46 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Two Stubborn NM Wildfires Continue To Grow

Two raging wildfires on opposite ends of New Mexico continue to grow amid dangerously dry conditions.

Fire officials say the Silver Fire, the furious blaze in southern New Mexico's Gila National Forest, expanded Wednesday to nearly 133 square miles. Meanwhile, officials say the lightning-sparked Jaroso Fire in in the rugged, steep canyons of the Pecos Wilderness grew to 16 square miles.

The Silver Fire was 20 percent contained while the Jaroso Fire was zero percent contained.

In all, wildfires have burned more than 192 square miles around New Mexico over the last month.

Managers assigned to the Silver Fire expected that blaze — the largest currently burning in the state — to keep marching north and west.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.