ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - After 10 days of smoke, flames and uncertainty, residents of Kingston can return home as danger from the still-raging Silver Fire shifts deeper into the Black Range.
The evacuation order, which came shortly after midnight on June 10, was lifted as of noon Thursday.
State Route 152 remains closed through the Black Range, but residents will be issued special permits allowing them into their historic mining community tucked into a canyon below 10,200-foot Hillsboro Peak.
The permits are being issued at the fire department in Hillsboro, a community seven miles to the east that sheltered the two dozen or so Kingston residents during the evacuation.
"The residents have been very understanding, and their cooperation was appreciated during this trying time period," said Incident Commander Matt Reidy. " We understand residents have been away from their homes and are very anxious to return home."
- Silver Fire Update, Thursday, June 20, 8 a.m. ( NMFireInfo.com ):
Silver Fire Active, Grows 6,200 Acres.
Persistent hot and dry weather pattern remains over the Silver Fire. Firefighters have continued to hold the 36,500 acre fire within containment lines.
The fire will exhibit the same smoke column as the past two days. The most active part of the fire is in the north, moving two miles yesterday.
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and key staff members will be briefed on firefighting efforts at the Silver Fire Incident Command Post this morning.
Firefighters will continue mop up, indirect line construction, aggressively engaging the fire where appropriate and gathering intelligence on both the east and west flanks.
Silver Fire resources include five helicopters, five 20-person hotshot crews, four 20-person hand crews, 15 engines, one dozer and eight water tenders for 511 personnel.
Cooperators include the Grant and Sierra County Sheriff's Departments, NM State Police, Las Cruces BLM District, NM State Forestry and NM Department of Transportation.
Daily public meetings continue to be held each morning at the Hillsboro Community Center at 10 and tomorrow, Friday, June 21, 2013, at the Round Up Lodge in San Lorenzo at 6 p.m
Forest closure information can be found at: http://fs.usda.gov/gila
Road closure information can be found at: www.nmroads.com .
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