Federal Funds Help Fight New Mexico Wildfire

Wildfire burns in northern part of state

 

LA CUEVA, N.M. – New Mexico’s request for funding to help with the fight against a blaze that prompted evacuations in northern New Mexico has been granted by the federal government.

Gov. Susana Martinez announced the federal assistance Friday, saying the money will help cover the costs of emergency protective measures and firefighting activities.

The fire has charred more than a square mile since starting Thursday near the border of the Santa Fe National Forest and the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Evacuations remain in effect, but sheriff’s deputies are escorting residents to their homes to pick up pets and collect belongings.

Forest officials have imposed restrictions that prohibit building campfires or using charcoal, coal or wood stoves expect in developed campsites where grills are provided.

The restrictions cover the entire Jemez Ranger District and other parts of the Santa Fe National Forest.

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