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Wildfire in southern New Mexico grows, 39% contained

MAGDELENA, N.M. — A wildfire in southern New Mexico continues to grow.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday the blaze in the Apache Kid Wilderness has grown to 18 square miles (46.62 square kilometers). Officials say it is 39% contained.

The department says crews will continue to monitor the fire, rehabilitate recreation sites, fences, cultural sites, private land inholdings, and critical habitat located within the fire perimeter.

The fire was caused by lightning.

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