PECOS, N.M. (KRQE) - The Tres Lagunas Fire near Pecos has now burnt nearly 8,000 acres and has put some residents out of their homes for five days.
While crews are making progress, there's still no timetable on when homeowners might be able to get back to their property.
While crews say they have slowed the growth of this fire drastically in the last few days, Highway 63 is still closed around the Dalton Day Use area and fire crews say the homes are at a high risk, depending on how the weather affects the fire.
Helcopters flying and ground crews loading up is a common site near Pecos, as the Tres Lagunas Fire rages on into its fifth day Monday.
Crews have made progress towards containment, but with many homes still evacuated residents like Janice Varela say they're still on edge.
"We understand the importance of safety and keeping the roads open for the equipment and the firefighters to get through and that's primary, but it's just nerve racking not knowing if you're land is ok or not," Varela said.
Varela is waiting to get back to her family's historic home, which has housed seven generations.
"My grandmother was born here…it's just a very special and beautiful place to us," Varela said.
In town, Restaurant owner Brian Sandoval says he's also heard from many who are distraught.
"They're all just waiting on information and waning to know when they can return as anyone would to their homes," Sandoval said.
There's also concern about what this fire means to one of New Mexico's most beloved places the Pecos Wilderness.
"We know the damage it's causing to our backyard, to our livelihoods, to everything, there's nothing that will replace that," Sandoval said.
While the road is still blocked at Dalton Day Use area, the community remains grateful that not a single structure has been damaged or burned.
"To me there's no thank you big enough for our friends and family members who are the volunteer ore fighters who are protecting the structures, they are our true heroes in the community because we know them, we love them," Sandoval said.
The other big fire north of Jemez has now burned more than 2,200 acres.
This weekend's higher humidity and lighter winds help slow down the Thompson Ridge Fire.
But Monday's hot and dry conditions are not helping firefighters.
The fire is only five percent contained.
And fire crews are dealing with two fires in the Manzanos.
The first called the Bosque fire is on the Bosque Trail on the east side of the Manzanos.
The second fire is the pack trail fire east of Meadow Lake in Valencia County.
Fire officials say they are both less than an acre.
Crews are working quickly to knock down the fires.
No word on the cause yet on what sparked the fires.
And six small wildfires have been reported in the San Juan public lands near Durango this afternoon.
They're burning in the Weber Mountain, Cedar Mesa and Mud Creek areas.
Lightening seems to be the cause.
All are reported at less than an acre.
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