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Three Rivers Fire 30% contained Wednesday


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Crews have continued to make progress in further containing the Three Rivers Fire that has burned in the White Mountain Wilderness area in Lincoln County.

An update released Wednesday morning by the Incident Management Team tasked with battling the fire stated that the fire was at 7,033 acres and is 30% contained.

Personnel on the ground are working actively on the northern, western and southern portions of the fire, as they continue to strengthen control lines, especially on the north and northeast side of the fire.

“Fires in New Mexico typically are driven by southwestern winds that push the fire to the northeast, therefore, we are prioritizing working on the northwestern part of the fire, should the fire want to make an unexpected run in the future,” the update states.

Because of rain, snow and reduced amounts of unburned fuels in the area after the fire entered the Little Bear Fire Scar, the update states there has been little to no activity in the past few days on the eastern side of the fire.

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Crews are being strategically placed around the fire as they watch and continue to work at mopping up hot spots and repairing damage caused by fire suppression activities, the update states. That entails removing fire equipment and returning areas as much as possible to their natural conditions.

With the intensity of the fire having lessened, authority over suppressing the fire has been transferred to a Type 3 interagency organization led by incident Commander Manuel Martinez.

The Three Rivers Fire began a half-mile north of the Three Rivers Campground on the morning of April 26 and was initially fueled by dry conditions, high winds and an abundance of fallen trees and timber as well as dry vegetation.

As of Wednesday morning, no fatalities, injuries or burned structures related to the fire 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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