Weather Conditions Help Firefighters In NM

Apr 18, 2013

Credit BLM

Firefighters are being helped by the weather as they battle an estimated 200-acre blaze on the edge of the Lincoln National Forest in southern New Mexico in an area where 20 homes have been voluntarily evacuated.

New Mexico State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the fire is burning in grass and pine on federal and private land in the Curtis Canyon Dam area southwest of Mayhill.

Ware says winds lessened Wednesday night and that lower temperatures from a cold front passing through the area dampened fire activity. The fire is 10 percent contained.

The fire's cause isn't immediately known.

A roadblock on State Route 130 at the junction with U.S. 82 has been lifted.

Ware says a shelter for evacuees has been established in Cloudcroft, about 18 miles of Mayhill.