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Wildfire that destroyed 15 homes eases overnight

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico officials say activity on a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed up to 15 homes has eased, and crews were able to build containment lines overnight.
State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the wildfire in a rugged rural area south of Silver City had burned nearly 1,800 acres, or almost 3 square miles, by early Tuesday. That's up from 500-1,000 acres burned as of Monday night.
Ware expects more concrete figures after officials assess the area Tuesday.
High winds had prevented firefighters from calling in water-dropping helicopters or planes after the blaze started Monday afternoon.
Winds were expected to pick up again Tuesday afternoon.
About 100 people were evacuated.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a grant that will cover 75 percent of the cost of fighting the fire.


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