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High Winds Fuel New Mexico Wildfire

Silver City residents shared photos online Sunday of the Signal Fire. The smoke plume extended for miles across the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.
Esmia Ortiz
Silver City residents shared photos online Sunday of the Signal Fire. The smoke plume extended for miles across the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.

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High Winds Fuel New Mexico Wildfire

High Winds Fuel New Mexico Wildfire

A fast growing wildfire is burning in the Gila National Forest of Southwest New Mexico.

By Monday morning the Signal Fire reached 3,000 acres within a heavily forested area north of Silver City. Nearby property owners evacuated Sunday afternoon shortly after the blaze began. Dry weather and high winds contributed to the radio growth of the fire.
About 100 firefighters and three helicopters are on scene to suppress the flames.

High winds also fueled a wildfire in the Texas panhandle Sunday near the town of Fritch. Fire officials report 75 homes have been destroyed and hundreds of residents evacuated the town.