New Mexico firefighters see reprieve in weather

Over 400 working to fight fires

April 18, 2018 - 7:41 pm

Milder weather conditions in northwestern New Mexico could help firefighters who have been keeping a pair of wildfires on a mountain and a nearby butte largely in check despite strong winds.

A statement released Wednesday by the team managing operations against the fires northwest of Grants said crews held containment lines Tuesday despite the challenging conditions.

The statement says favorable conditions Wednesday are expected to be followed by stronger winds on Thursday.

Notices warning residents of several subdivisions in the area to be ready to evacuate their homes at a moment's notice have been lifted and an evacuation center in Grants closed.

Approximately 400 people are assigned to battle the fires, including 11 crews of firefighters.

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