- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - Some crews are being released as containment of a wildfire that has burned 9 square miles in southwestern New Mexico has reached 90 percent.

The human-caused Signal Fire started burning in grass and timber about 10 miles north of Silver City on May 11.

More than 700 firefighters and other personnel were assigned to the fire as of Monday. The headcount was down to 472 on Tuesday night and 282 by Wednesday.

Fire managers say enough crews will remain on hand to deal with any flare-ups and that management of the fire will be returned to the Gila National Forest on Thursday evening.


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