Fire east of Bloomfield burns structures

June 19, 2012 • State News

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — Winds are dying down and firefighting crews are starting to make progress on a wildfire that has burned four structures along the San Juan River in far northwestern New Mexico.

State [auth] forestry officials say the blaze has charred an estimated 100 acres by Monday night. The fire has spread over a 5-mile area along the river.

Deputies with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office were helping residents evacuate the immediate area. Authorities still can’t say how many residents are affected.

About 30 firefighters have been assigned to the blaze along with 10 engines and five water tenders. Fire managers have also ordered air support.

Authorities say the fire is burning in grass and brush. Firefighters originally reported long-range spotting due the high winds when the fire broke out Monday afternoon.

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