- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

TIJERAS, N.M. (AP) - Sen. Tom Udall is slated to visit the Cibola National Forest to discuss new efforts to combat wildfires in the state.

The New Mexico Democrat is scheduled Friday to meet with officials in the Sandia Mountains and see how a recently forest thinning project is help fight potential fires.

Udall will receive an update on these projects from local U.S. Forest Service officials.

In recent months, New Mexico has seen record rainfall after years of persistent drought. The rains have caused vegetation growth and officials worry it could be fuel for more fires in the coming years.

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