New Mexico Wildfires Cause Evacuations

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Fast-moving wildfires in New Mexico have prompted evacuations of homes and campgrounds, threatened cabins, and closed a state highway Friday.

Officials asked residents in 140 homes -- mostly used for the summer -- to leave as crews battled the 3.1-square-mile blaze near the communities of Pecos and Tres Lagunas, about 25 miles east of Santa Fe. They also evacuated campgrounds and closed trailheads.

Late Friday, officials said a second, smaller wildfire about 50 miles northwest of Albuquerque was also causing evacuations.

The forestry service says the Thompson Ridge fire near Jemez Springs started Friday afternoon and had grown to about 725 acres.

The service said about 50 homes in the area had been evacuated and one home was damaged by the fire.

The blaze was still burning uncontrolled Friday night but officials said the fire's growth had slowed, reducing any immediate threats to structures.