Southern New Mexico Fire Still Burning

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOPE, N.M. (AP) -- Firefighters plan to burn out vegetation along a forest road to stop a 43,000-acre wildfire burning in southern New Mexico.

The U.S. Forest Service says the fire is 35 percent contained. It's mainly destroying grazing allotments, and an agency fire official says ranchers have removed their cattle in the areas near the back burn operations.

Also in southern New Mexico, another fire has has burned more than 25,000 acres about 30 miles west of Roswell. That blaze is said to be about 40 percent contained. Firefighters have gotten help from rain last night. Cooler weather is in the forecast.

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