Wildfire burning near Silver City continues to grow

Wildfire smoke

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) – A wildfire burning near Silver City in southwestern New Mexico continues to grow but remains relatively small.

The federal Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday that the fire has grown to 100 acres. That’s up from eight acres as of Monday.

The fire is located on Treasure Mountain on BLM land approximately six miles northwest of Silver City, primarily grass and pinyon juniper.

BLM spokeswoman Punky Moore says there are homes and subdivisions in the vicinity but that no structures are currently threatened and that crews have stopped the fire’s forward advance.

The fire was 5 percent contained as of Tuesday, when 70 personnel were assigned to it, up from 30 on Monday.

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