- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

MAGDALENA, N.M. (AP) - Firefighters are continuing to fight several wildfires in New Mexico and Arizona amid record high temperatures.

Officials in New Mexico said Sunday a blaze raging through the San Mateo Mountains around 25 miles southwest of Magdalena, New Mexico has grown to 12 square mile. The Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands Magdalena Ranger District says the inferno is 20 percent contained.

Meanwhile, firefighters in Arizona are battling a much larger blaze. The Juniper Fire just south of the town of Young is now burning on over 28 square miles in the Tonto National Forest. Portions of State Route 288 have been closed to help firefighters fight the fire.

Officials say the extreme heat and a dry winter mean there’s a high risk of wildfires.

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