KANW-FM

The Latest: Southern New Mexico wildfire threatens homes

Jun 8, 2018

MESCALERO, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico wildfires (all times local):8:50 a.m.A wildfire on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in southern New Mexico has forced the evacuation of 100 homes.The Bureau of Indian Affairs says the fire has burned nearly 4 square miles since starting Thursday afternoon and that it's about a half-mile (.8 kilometer) north of the town of Mescalero.The fire is threatening power lines and U.S. 70 along with 100 homes that have been evacuated. Shelters were established at several locations.Aircraft are helping firefighters and a top-tier incident management team and additional crews of firefighters are being deployed.Cause of the fire is under investigation.Mescalero is 142 miles (229 kilometers) south of Albuquerque.___7:30 a.m.A northern New Mexico wildfire that has threatened two communities and a Boy Scouts camp is now contained around two-thirds of its perimeter.The incident management team assigned to the fire between Ute Park and Cimarron reported Thursday night that it was 66 percent contained and has burned 57.4 square miles (149 sq. kilometers).No homes have been destroyed since it start May 31 but the fire burned 14 outbuildings on the Philmont Scout Ranch.Over 600 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire, which at times forced evacuation of Cimarron. Ute Park remains evacuated.The fire's cause is under investigation.