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Hot, dry conditions push NM fire another 12K acres

June 23, 2013 • State News

SAN LORENZO, N.M. (AP) — A blaze burning in southern New Mexico was expected to grow again Saturday, a day after it made a run that consumed nearly 19 square miles of rugged terrain in the Gila National Forest.

The Silver Fire has charred more than 88 square miles since being sparked by lightning on June 7. Almost 500 firefighters and support personnel were assigned to the fire.

Crews braced for a hot, dry and windy day as weather forecasters issued another red flag warning for the area on Saturday. Humidity levels were extremely low and winds were likely to gust to 30 mph.

Fire information officer Larry Helmerick said firefighters were focused on building Login to read more

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