HILLSBORO, N.M. (AP) — Firefighter in southwestern New Mexico are trying to keep a wildfire from reaching an old mining town whose 45 or so residents have already been evacuated.
The Silver fire in southwestern New Mexico grew Wednesday and sent a blanket of smoke into the Mimbres Valley.
Fire information officer Rob Deyerberg says the fire has charred an estimated 26 square miles, or about 17,000 acres. An infrared flight is planned overnight to get a more accurate number.
The fire is about a quarter-mile from the community of Kingston and crews continue to work on structure protection.
The lightning-caused fire stared Friday. It’s burning in extremely rugged mountainous area of dense forest where there hadn’t been a fire for 100 years.
There’s no containment estimate, and State Route 152 remains closed between San Lorenzo to Hillsboro.