Official: 2,700-acre fire spreads near Silver City

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SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - A Gila National Forest official says a 2,700-acre fire near Silver City has grown rapidly and has forced some evacuations.

Forest spokeswoman Punky Moore says that structures are threatened, and some ranches, a campground and a lookout were evacuated Sunday afternoon about 15 miles north of Silver City. She didn’t know how many people or properties were affected.

She says 100 firefighters, three air tankers and four helicopters are battling the blaze. A cause hasn’t yet been determined.

She says winds and dry vegetation are feeding the fire, and there is still potential for it to spread.

She says a Type 2 team will join the fight Monday, which brings additional people to help when the fire’s complexity and potential to grow exceeds the capabilities of local units.

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