Regional
5:29 pm
Mon May 30, 2011

Wildfire 80 Percent Contained

Silver City – Fire crews battling a major wildfire in southwest New Mexico say aircraft will resume their attack on the flames after high winds kept them grounded for most of Sunday.

Despite the high winds, officials say that crews battling the 137 square mile Miller fire 25 miles north of Silver City managed to keep it from growing much over the weekend.

The blaze was 80 percent contained Monday morning after charring more 88,000 acres.

Extra supplies were flown in to ground crews working in remote areas on Saturday in anticipation of high winds grounding the aircraft.

Three air tankers were expected to resume operations Monday once winds die down. Nearly 470 firefighters are battling the blaze.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.