- Associated Press - Saturday, June 18, 2016

ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on a wildfire burning in central New Mexico’s Manzano Mountains (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Gov. Susana Martinez is ordering the New Mexico National Guard to provide security around communities affected by a massive wildfire.

Martinez announced Saturday that she is directing the National Guard to patrol areas with homes under evacuation and prevent looting.

Guardsmen will also assist with any potential flooding.

Martinez is holding a public meeting in the wake of a wildfire in the Manzano Mountains.

The 27-square-mile fire in central New Mexico has destroyed two dozen homes and is at zero containment.

3:55 p.m.

Gov. Susana Martinez will hold a meeting with residents who were forced to evacuate because of a wildfire in the Manzano Mountains.

Martinez and responders to the fire are conducting the 4:30 p.m. meeting Saturday at a Roosevelt Middle School in the community of Tijeras.

The governor declared a state of emergency Friday to clear the way for more state resources.

The 27-square-mile fire in central New Mexico has destroyed two dozen homes.

The containment remains at zero.

The cause is under investigation.

11:54 a.m.

Firefighters have been able to reinforce holding lines around a New Mexico wildfire that has destroyed two dozen homes.

Fire officials said Saturday that crews took advantage of cooler weather overnight to strengthen firelines along the western and southern boundaries of a blaze that erupted in the Manzano Mountains south of Albuquerque.

However, they say hot and dry conditions and light winds later in afternoon could cause the fire to become more active.

The fire has burned more than 27 square miles about 6 miles northwest of Tajique since Tuesday.

The damage includes 24 homes and nearly as many structures near the small community of Chilili.

More than 700 personnel are assigned to the fire.

The fire remains uncontained and the cause is under investigation.

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