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NM officials brace for fallout from wildfires

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By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Firefighters have nearly contained a wildfire burning along the New Mexico-Colorado border, while other crews are struggling to slow a blaze north of Santa Fe.

While they worry about the flames, officials from areas that have been blackened this spring are worrying about the fallout that comes from fire.

Without vegetation on the hillsides, they're concerned that summer rains could end up causing serious damage in the form of erosion.

The nearly 28,000-acre fire in far northern New Mexico marched through part of the watershed that serves the community of Raton.

Mayor Neil Segotta says a city team is scrambling to come up with ways to keep ash and charred debris from reaching the city's reservoirs.

He says some 7,000 residents depend on the watershed for their drinking water supplies.