High winds fail to blow up New Mexico wildfires | SummitDaily.com

High winds fail to blow up New Mexico wildfires

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A desert wildfire that has burned about 5,100 acres of New Mexico grassland remains uncontained Tuesday, but firefighters were pleased that high winds that fanned the blaze Monday did not cause any serious spread.The National Weather Service posted a red flag warning for much of the state Monday. Gusts between 40 and 50 mph were common, but state Forestry Division spokesman Dan Ware said firefighters were able to keep the fires in check.The Adobe fire southeast of Animas in New Mexico’s bootheel, has burned about 5,100 acres of heavy grass and brush, Ware said. About a dozen firefighters have been working to clear a line around the lightning-caused blaze.North of Corona, wind gusts of up to 45 mph fanned the Encino fire before “some well-timed rain” put a damper on the spread of the fire, Ware said. Crews are putting out hot spots remaining from the 500-acre fire. No structures were threatened, and investigators did not immediately know what caused the blaze.In Arizona, an elite Type 1 firefighting managaement team has been called in to coordinate the battle against a 650-acre wildfire burning north of Tucson in the Santa Catalina Mountains. With 100-degree temperatures and high winds expected over the next three days, authorities requested the team to keep the fire from spreading.It was 10 percent contained by Monday night, according to fire officials who said no structures were threatened and no injuries have been reported.

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