New Mexico crews fight wildfires, smoke pours into capital

Associated Press • Jun 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Fire crews are battling a pair of wildfires in New Mexico that have scorched thousands of acres, spurred evacuation calls for dozens of homes and poured smoke into the touristy state capital.

State forestry officials say the Thompson Ridge fire near Jemez Springs started Friday and had grown to an estimated 725 acres. Between 40 and 50 homes in the area were evacuated as around 80 crew members and a helicopter were pulled from another blaze to help control this one.

Meanwhile, firefighters continued Saturday to battle a fire in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest.

The nearly 4-square-mile blaze was totally uncontained and dumping smoke into Santa Fe, putting a haze over the city just 25 miles from the fire.

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