Regional
12:23 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Wildfire Danger

New Mexico – Fire officials say there's still a danger of wildfires in southwestern New Mexico.

Grant County fire management officer Gary Benavidez says there's a bumper crop of grass this year, raising the potential for fires.

He compares the situation to that of two years ago, when crews in the area started fighting fires in January and didn't let up until October.

He advises property owners to cut grasses near homes and other buildings, and says people need to be careful with campfires when they are in the woods.

Benavidez says weather forecasters expect a warmer and drier winter than normal.

The Gila National Forest of southwestern New Mexico is rating its fire danger as moderate. Vegetation on the forest generally is more moist than fuels in the foothills and grasslands.

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Information from: Silver City Daily Press, http://www.scdailypress.com

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