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Crews maintain lines around New Mexico wildfire

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ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) - Firefighters have been able to reinforce holding lines around a New Mexico wildfire that has destroyed two dozen homes. Fire officials said Saturday that crews took advantage of cooler weather overnight to strengthen firelines along the western and southern boundaries of a blaze that erupted in the Manzano Mountains south of Albuquerque. However, they say hot and dry conditions and light winds later in afternoon could cause the fire to become more active. The fire has burned more than 27 square miles about 6 miles northwest of Tajique since Tuesday. The damage includes 24 homes and nearly as many structures near the small community of Chilili. More than 700 personnel are assigned to the fire. The fire remains uncontained and the cause is under investigation.

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