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New Mexico fire prompts evacuation of as many as 200

New Mexico fire prompts evacuation of as many as 200

The flames were spreading quickly through an area of the Jemez Mountains west of Los Alamos along New Mexico Highway 4.

Motorists at a road closing at the junction on NM 501 and NM 4. Additional teams of fire fighters are expected to arrive tonight and tomorrow.

A fire that broke out at 10:47 a.m. today in the Jemez Mountains is now estimated to be at 40-50 acres is burning on both sides of State Road 4, between Valles Caldera and the Santa Fe National Forest area.

This photo provided by the National Park Service ranger Rachel Post shows a smoke plume from a wildfire in the Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of Jemez Springs, N.M., Thursday, June 15, 2017.

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About 175 firefighters were battling the fire by Thursday evening, along with a Type 1 helicopter - usually deployed to the most severe blazes - and air tankers.

As many as 200 residents had to leave their homes as the fire spread Thursday to more than a square mile near the boundary of the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve. He said residents should expect N.M. 4 to be closed near the burn area. There's a chance for thunderstorms Sunday, but Overton said that might not necessarily be a good thing if there's no rain associated with the storms.

Fire officials said Friday that one concern is Los Griegos Mountain, an area that has not seen any fire or fuel treatments and is overgrown.

One of those fires forced the evacuation of the town of Los Alamos and the temporary closure of Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the nation's top nuclear research centers.

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Overton said firefighting resources are being sent to the area.

The County may expand sheltering activities through use of its mobile shelter as well.

Larson, who worked with evacuees after hurricanes Ike and Katrina, said the church has been holding fire preparedness workshops for the past seven years because, he said, "our experience has been a community that is prepared is much faster to respond and recuperate".

Rangers said visitors were evacuated from the preserve earlier Thursday and that the fire was on the other of South Mountain, west of the visitors' center.

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