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Tres Lagunas Fire in New Mexico burns 6,300 acres, 0% contained

  |   June 2, 2013 at 9:01 AM
PECOS, N.M., June 2 (UPI) -- The Tres Lagunas Fire raging in New Mexico's Pecos Canyon has burned about 6,200 acres, but officials say the rate at which the fire was growing has slowed.

Firefighters made some progress in containing the fire as winds eased Saturday afternoon, The (Santa Fe) New Mexican reported.

Helicopters poured water and air tankers dropped fire retardant after winds died down, said Denise Ottaviano, an information officer with the Type 2 Incident Management Team in charge of the firefighting effort. A bulldozer crew was also able to dig a fire line north of the blaze, Ottaviano said Saturday.

"Considering the weather, terrain and how dry it is, we have made good progress today," Ottaviano said.

So far, no structures had been burned and no injuries were reported due to the fire, which started Thursday.

However, Ottaviano said an evacuation order issued Friday would remain in place as a precaution. About 134 summer homes, 10 campgrounds, six trailheads and other private residences were evacuated.

Meanwhile, the Thompson Fire burning in New Mexico's Jemez Mountains burned 1,200 acres as of Saturday afternoon, The New Mexican said.

That fire sparked Friday on private property, but has since spread and burned land in the Valles Caldera.

One structure was damaged by the fire and a voluntary evacuation order was issued for about 40 to 50 homes near the area.

"Everything is good so far -- other than the fact that the forest is burning," Peter D'Aquanni, a public information officer with the U.S. Forest Service, said of the Thompson Fire.

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