NM wildfire destroys 13 homes, 47 other structures

AP News
Posted: Mar 09, 2011 10:33 AM
NM wildfire destroys 13 homes, 47 other structures

Fire crews in New Mexico are mopping up a wildfire that raced across nearly 1,800 acres and burned 13 houses and 47 other buildings.

About 100 people forced out by the wind-driven flames were escorted into their neighborhoods Tuesday evening to survey damage left from the fire that started Monday afternoon south of Silver City.

The human-caused Quail Ridge fire was listed as 50 percent contained Wednesday.

Officials say up to 100 structures within the burn area and another 100 buildings within a quarter-mile of the fire perimeter are still considered threatened.

State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says winds are expected to gust to near 35 mph Wednesday.

He says officials will see how the firefighting effort goes before saying when crews might contain the blaze.