Wildfires
5:06 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Silver Fire Approaches Evacuated Old Mining Town

Firefighter in southwestern New Mexico are trying to keep a wildfire from reaching an old mining town whose 45 or so residents have already been evacuated.

The Silver fire in southwestern New Mexico continues to grow, now having burned 13 square miles and pushed by winds within a quarter-mile of the small community of Kingston Wednesday.

The main focus of the approximately 350 firefighters and support personnel assigned to the fire are stopping its eastward movement toward Kingston as well as protecting other structures in the fire area.

The lightning-caused fire stared Friday. It's burning in extremely rugged mountainous area of dense forest where there hadn't been a fire for 100 years.

There's no containment estimate, and State Route 152 remains closed between San Lorenzo to Hillsboro.