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Evacuations lifted as fire danger persists in New Mexico

LA CUEVA, N.M. (AP) - Residents in northern New Mexico have returned to their homes and a highway that was forced to close through a popular mountain range is back open as firefighters mop up after one of the blazes currently burning in the state.

Crews have contained about 80 percent of the fire that forced evacuations last week in the Jemez Mountains. Residents were allowed to return Sunday.

Monday's firefighting efforts focused on a swath of dead trees along the fire's perimeter. Hand crews are being transported to the area via helicopter and water drops are being used to control the flames.

Authorities say the blaze was sparked by an abandoned campfire.

In Sandoval County, a brush fire gave residents on the northwestern edge of Rio Rancho a scare Sunday as it sent up a long line of smoke. That fire is now 60 percent contained.

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