New Mexico

Firefighters continue to battle wildfires across New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - A new wildfire is burning in the Lincoln National Forest, not far from another fire near Highway 246. 

Fire officials say they don't know yet what caused the Scout Fire, which has burned around 40 acres about 22 miles northeast of Capitan. 

Around 40 fire personnel are battling the blaze. 

At this point, officials say one home is at risk.

Elsewhere, firefighters are still busy battling four other wildfires around the state. 

The Diener Fire, now 20 percent contained, was a prescribed burn that jumped its containment lines and spread. 

The nearby Bluewater Fire started as an abandoned campfire. It's just 10 percent contained. 

Combined, they've scorched more than 9,000 acres, but it appears homes are out of danger. 

Meanwhile, the 206 Fire burning near Tatum, into Texas, is 90 percent contained. 

The 246 Fire near Capitan, which has claimed 16 structures including two homes, is 50 percent contained.


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