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Size of Three Rivers Fire holds steady Tuesday


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No growth was reported in the Three Rivers Fire as of Tuesday morning, with acreage of the blaze remaining at 7,020 and the fire reported as 23% contained.

The Southwest Incident Management Team 2, which has been leading the firefighting effort, stated in its daily update that preparations were underway to switch command of the effort to a local Type 3 interagency organization.

“As the fire’s behavior has drastically decreased, more crews are expected to demobilize back to their home units or be reassigned to other areas in the region,” the update states.

Firefighters on the scene throughout the coming week will continue to build up control lines, monitor fire activity, mop up hot spots and map the fire. Teams tasked with protecting structures will continue to watch the area in the event new fires arise.

Unburned fuels — fallen trees, dead wood and other vegetation — might produce visible smoke as those fuels burn and unburned areas smolder in the weeks ahead, the update states.

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The Three Rivers Fire began April 26 about a half-mile north of the Three Rivers Campground in the White Mountain Wilderness Area. The cause of the fire has not been determined. As of Tuesday, no fatalities, injuries or burned structures had been reported.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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