Wildfires Close New Mexico Campgrounds

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May 10, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Residents of about 35 homes in southwestern New Mexico have been advised to evacuate and some campgrounds have been evacuated because of an approaching wildfire that has burned nearly 52 square miles.

The blaze, dubbed the Miller fire, was burning Monday (May 9) in a remote, rugged area of the Gila Wilderness, the Associated Press reported.

Fire information officer Carrie Templin said Highway 15 remains closed. The Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitors Center and some unnamed campgrounds along the highway also are shut down.

Two grass fires broke out Monday in southeastern New Mexico, and officials were evacuating a Baptist church and school on the west side of Roswell as a result of one of them.

It wasn't immediately known what started that fire or how many acres it had burned, but Eddy County fire units were asked to respond.

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