Fire reaches evacuated NM village; buildings saved

June 14, 2013 • State News

HILLSBORO, N.M. (AP) — A fire in southern New Mexico has reached the historic mining town of Kingston but a fire management team spokesman says crews have protected buildings and that none have burned.

The [auth] lightning-caused Silver fire is burning in a rugged area of the Gila National Forest west of Hillsboro. It has burned more than 33 square miles.

Fire officials say the fire continues to grow and that the flames reached Kingston by early Thursday.

Fire information officer Larry Helmerick says crews protected the lookout tower on Hillsboro Peak by wrapping it with fire-resistant material and cleared away burnable fuel around Kingston’s several dozen buildings.

He says crews have also built protective lines around the evacuated community.

Firefighters hoped thunderstorms developing in the area Friday afternoon would bring some relief.

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