Fast-moving New Mexico blaze causes evacuations

May 31, 2013 • National News, State News

A firefighter watches a 1,400-acre wildfire northeast of Castaic, Calif., Friday May 31, 2013. Crews battling this wildfire in the mountains north of Los Angeles took advantage of cool morning weather Friday to make progress but scattered flames continued to climb hillsides. A flare-up prompted Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies to briefly evacuate about 25 homes along a canyon road in the Angeles National Forest Friday morning but residents were later allowed to return. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

PECOS, N.M. (AP) — A fast-moving fire in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest prompted evacuations of homes and campgrounds, threatened cabins, and closed a state highway Friday.

Officials asked residents in 140 homes — mostly used for the summer — to leave as crews battled the 3.1-square-mile blaze near the communities of Pecos and Tres Lagunas, about 25 miles west of Santa Fe.

They also evacuated campgrounds and closed trailheads around Pecos, Las Vegas and Santa Fe as they worked on containment lines in hopes of preventing the fire from moving toward the capital city’s Login to read more

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