- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

SAN MARCIAL, N.M. (AP) - Officials say a fast-moving wildfire in central New Mexico has grown to nearly 8 square miles (21 square kilometers).

Authorities say the lightning-sparked blaze expanded Thursday but is now 40 percent contained.

The fire is burning grass, brush and salt cedar on private land near San Marcial in Socorro County. The resulting plume of smoke could be seen by motorists along Interstate 25 and by weather forecasters on their radar systems.

Officials say lightning started the inferno Monday on private land.


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