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New Mexico wildfires spread

New Mexico wildfires spread

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UPDATE: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A fire that has forced residents of two Native American communities on the Arizona-New Mexico border from their homes and is threatening the heart of the Navajo Nation's sheep industry is growing larger.

Fire officials say the Assayii Lake Fire has ballooned to more than 19 square miles. The flames already have destroyed four structures. About 50 homes near the rural communities of Naschitti and Sheep Springs are threatened.

Crews were bracing Tuesday for wind gusts up to 50 mph, along with more high temperatures and low humidity levels.



Gallup, NM - Zero containment is what is being reported about a wildfire that has families in two New Mexico communities continuing to evacuate.

A wildfire that has forced the evacuations of Navajo communities in Northwestern New Mexico has grown to more than 17 square miles and already burned more than 10,000 acres.

Fire officials say the fire is being fueled by fierce winds and the gusts have hampered any effort to attack the flames directly. 

A fire spokeswoman also says officials are most concerned about keeping the public out of harm's way given the unstable nature of the fire.

Fire officials say so far no one has been hurt and no homes or businesses have been destroyed. More than 800 firefighters are now on scene to help fight the fire.