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Thousands evacuated as crews fight Calif. wildfire
Structures threatened » Five destroyed, hundreds more in danger.


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Evacuations remained in effect for several campgrounds and two youth probation camps. Several roads were closed.

In New Mexico, the forecast for moisture was not entirely good news. The potential thunderstorms also brought the possibility of lightning that could start new fires and gusty winds that could fan the blazes.

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The fire burning in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest 25 miles from Santa Fe had grown to more than 11 square miles by Sunday morning.

Thick smoke from the fire covered Gallinas Canyon and Las Vegas, N.M.

The fire near the communities of Pecos and Tres Lagunas had prompted the evacuations of about 140 homes, most of them summer residences.

Crews also cleared out campgrounds and closed trailheads in the area as they worked to prevent the fire from moving toward the capital city’s watershed and more populated areas.

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Weber reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writer Andrew Dalton also contributed to this story.




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