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UPDATED: Crews Battling Three Wildfires

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Firefighters dealt with gusty winds Monday as they battled two large wildfires and a smaller blaze in New Mexico.

The Miller fire near the rugged Gila Wilderness in the southwest has grown to about 71,000 acres. It’s 25 percent contained.

Officials said crews were pulled from the fire’s interior in preparation for more windy conditions Tuesday.

The human-caused blaze broke out April 28. It moved past the Gila Cliff Dwellings without damaging the ancient ruins.

The Mayhill fire around Lincoln National Forest is nearing containment after scorching nearly 32,000 acres. That blaze is 85 percent contained, but winds are expected to top 60 mph Tuesday.

The Rio fire in the Santa Fe National Forest has burned nearly 200 acres. It is 1 mile from a vacant Girl Scout camp.

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May 16, 2011 10:30 a.m.

Firefighters are battling two large wildfires and a smaller wildfire in New Mexico.

A blaze near the rugged Gila Wilderness in the southwest has grown to more than 70,000 acres.

Officials said Sunday that the Miller fire is 20 percent contained.

The human-caused blaze broke out April 28. It moved past the Gila Cliff Dwellings without damaging the ancient American Indian ruins.

Meanwhile, the Mayhill fire around Lincoln National Forest is nearing containment after scorching nearly 32,000 acres.

Fire officials said Sunday that the blaze was 85 percent contained.

And the Rio fire in the Santa Fe National Forest has burned 50 to 80 acres of ponderosa pine. The fire is 10 percent contained. There is a Girl Scout camp about 1 mile south of the fire.

 

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