- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

ANIMAS, N.M. (AP) - A lightning-started wildfire that has burned more than nine square miles of the Coronado National Forest in extreme southwestern New Mexico is about a third contained.

Officials say approximately 300 personnel were assigned to fight the fire as of Sunday but that some will be released Monday because rain is forecast for the area.

As of Monday, containment is reported around 30 percent of the fire’s perimeter.

The fire is burning mostly grass and brush just across the state line from southeastern Arizona.

Crews on Sunday worked to hold and secure existing fire lines around the perimeter and officials say the fire is growing very slowly.



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