Jun 2, 2013 5:03 PM by Maddie Garrett

2 Uncontained wildfires burning in New Mexico

PECOS, N.M (AP) - Crews fighting two large uncontained wildfires in New Mexico are focusing on building protection lines around the blazes and hoping a forecast of storms will bring moisture to help reduce the intensity of the fires.

Still, the forecasted thunderstorms could also bring lightning that could start new fires and gusty winds that could help spread the blazes.

A fire burning in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest, just 25 miles from Santa Fe, has grown to more than 11 square miles.

The fire near the communities of Pecos and Tres Lagunas has prompted the evacuations of about 140 homes.

No homes have been burned.

Another New Mexico blaze, the Thompson Ridge fire near Jemez Springs, grew to nearly 3 square miles.

40 to 50 homes in the area have been evacuated.


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