RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) - A fast-moving wildfire in southern New Mexico now is 30 percent contained after air and ground crews took advantage of a break in the weather.
The blaze has charred tens of thousands of acres in just three days and forced hundreds of residents to leave their homes in southern New Mexico.
But winds subsided Monday and the almost 950 firefighters were able to build fire lines on the east side of the blaze. They now are concentrating on constructing additional lines on the south side, which is nearest to the mountain community of Ruidoso.
Officials say the lightning-sparked fire in the Sierra Blanca mountain range still burned about 1,500 more acres Monday, pushing its total to about 36,000 acres.
Gov. Susana Martinez met with firefighters Monday to get an update.