Crews Make Progress on Wildfires Near Grants, New Mexico

 

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters report making progress on wildfires burning near Grants in northwestern New Mexico in advance of expected windy conditions Monday.

The fires are burning on a mountain and a mesa about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northwest of Grants.

They started Thursday, one from an abandoned campfire and the other from an unknown cause.

As of Sunday, authorities say one wildfire has charred about 9.5 square miles (2,741 hectares) while the other wildfire some four miles to the north has burned nearly 4 square miles (1,024 hectares).

Firefighters took advantage of lighter winds Saturday to do some burnout operations with more done on Sunday.

Residents of several subdivisions in the Zuni Mountains remain under a pre-evacuation notice.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says this may be a very difficult fire season.

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