ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Two major wildfires continue to expand in north-central New Mexico, but new fires sparked by a lightning storm are out or nearly so.
The Tres Lagunas Fire in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains north of Pecos has now scorched over 8,600 acres since a downed power line ignited the tinder-dry forest on Thursday.
Firefighters building lines around the blaze describe it as only 7 percent it contained.
Although the wind died down a little on Tuesday, the temperatures are up and the humidity down, which is not good news for firefighters.
There are community meetings starting at 6 p.m. at Pecos High School and Luna Community College in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile in the Jemez Mountains the Thompson Ridge Fire shows no signs of slowing down either.
The wildfire near La Cueva about 10 miles north of Jemez Springs has charred 4,500 acres and is burning in steep, rugged terrain making it difficult for firefighters.
The fire is five percent contained.
Late Tuesday afternoon the state closed Fenton Lake State Park which is being used by fire personnel and for loading water-dropping helicopters.
Officials are holding a community meeting at 7:45 p.m. at the Madonna Parish Hall in Jemez Springs.
Three of the four small fires in the Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque are now extinguished. Those fires began after a lightning storm on Sunday.
Smokejumpers are still mopping up hot spots at the Pack Trail Fire in the Manzano Wilderness and expect to have it controlled later Tuesday or early Wednesday.
All fires burned less than an acre.
Fire patrols remain on the alert for "sleeper" fires from lightning strikes that may not show themselves for several days as moisture levels and humidity continue to drop.
Albuquerque police have obtained an arrest warrant for the many investigators say held up a Home Depot store last month.
A Sandoval County sheriff's deputy is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle while he was directing traffic at an earlier snow-related crash on Interstate 25.
It's been steadily snowing in Albuquerque all morning as the majority of New Mexico feels the effects of the snow and dropping temperatures.
As the first week of December arrived, so did a storm bringing snow, ice and freezing temperatures.
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Meeting 211 goes to the University of New Mexico Lobos. The Lobos and New Mexico State renewed their rivalry on a basketball court Wednesday night with the Lobos winning 79 to 70.