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Updated: Evacuation order lifted near raging Silver Fire

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — An evacuation order for a historical mining town near a raging fire in southern New Mexico’s Gila National Forest has been lifted.

Incident Commander Matt Reidy said Thursday that Kingston residents with special entry permits will be allowed to return to the town.

Residents were evacuated last week after the lightning-caused fire moved closer to the town.

Officials say the inferno have grown by Thursday to 57 square miles just as firefighters finish setting up protections around a nearby historic mining town.


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The fire’s growth was blamed on persistent hot and dry weather which caused it to expand another 10 square miles overnight.

The wildfire is expected to burn more acreage throughout the week, spilling smoke into nearby towns.

More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze.

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State Forestry officials say the evacuation order for Kingston will be lifted at noon today.

SILVER CITY (AP) — Firefighters believe a historic mining town in southern New Mexico is relatively safe from a raging 47-square-mile blaze in the Gila National Forest.

Incident management team supervisor Keith Halloran told the Silver City Daily Press on Wednesday that even if embers or other fire enter the fuel break around Kingston, there should be no impact to the village.

The Silver Fire is expected to burn more acreage throughout the week spilling smoke into nearby towns and creating more headaches for firefighters.

Crews worked to build protection the Kingston and Royal John Mine areas as soon as the lightning-caused fire started June 7. More than 500 firefighters are battling the blaze.

Officials told the Daily Press that an evacuation order remained in effect for Kingston.