Regional
1:11 pm
Sun May 29, 2011

Wildfire 70 Percent Contained

Silver City – The wildfire in southwest New Mexico now is 70 percent contained after charring almost 88,000 acres.

The U.S. Forest Service said Saturday that the Miller fire 25 miles north of Silver City is at 87,878 acres.

Red flag conditions are expected this weekend with wind gusts up to 30 mph expected.

Authorities say that poses the potential for spotting where the fire is most active on the west side.

Rugged terrain continues to be a challenge for the nearly 490 firefighters battling the human-caused blaze that began April 28.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.