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Las Conchas Fire Hit Land Managed by U.S. Forest Service Hardest

Officials say land managed by the U.S. Forest Service was hardest hit by the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.

Teams with the Burn Area Emergency Response program have been analyzing impacts and threats from the Las Conchas fire. It has charred more than 244 square miles since being sparked June 26 when a tree fell on a power line.

The teams released a list Friday of the acres burned in each jurisdiction.

Nearly 79,000 acres within the Santa Fe National Forest were burned. More than 30,000 acres of the Valles Caldera National Preserve were also charred.

The fire burned across 21,650 acres belonging to Jemez, Santa Clara and Santo Domingo pueblos.


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Bandelier National Monument had more than 20,800 blackened.

By Friday, crews had contained 85 percent of the fire.