Wildfires burning on 5,000-plus acres in New Mexico | SummitDaily.com

Wildfires burning on 5,000-plus acres in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Firefighters worked Monday to corral wildfires that had scorched more than 5,000 acres of desert land and some 600 acres of high-country timber in New Mexico, but high winds were expected to complicate the effort.”It’s nature. You never know. It’s unpredictable,” said Lawrence Lujan, public information officer for the 124-acre Capulin fire at Bandelier National Monument in the Jemez Mountains, where gusts to 50 mph were predicted.The largest blaze, the Adobe fire southeast of Animas in New Mexico’s bootheel, has burned about 5,100 acres of heavy grass and brush since it was first reported Sunday, said Dan Ware, state Forestry Division spokesman.About a dozen firefighters were working to clear a line around the lightning-caused blaze, he said. The National Weather Service predicted gusts of about 40 mph in the area. No structures were threatened.Two lightning-caused fires were burning mixed conifer and ponderosa pine trees on media mogul Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch in northeastern New Mexico.The Brilliant 2 fire, eight miles west of Raton, was holding at 300 acres and the nearby Chimney Fire scorched about 100 acres, Ware said.Crews were focusing Monday on the western and northern edges of the fire as wind was forecast to push from the south, Ware said. No structures or power lines were threatened late Monday morning, he said.

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