KINGSTON, N.M. (KRQE) - Firefighters continue to keep the Silver Fire from slipping into Kingston and now report making headway on slowing its spread elsewhere.
The view around 10,020-foot Hillsboro Peak from Sky News 13 at midday Friday is more encouraging. No major flare-ups can be seen moving across the Black Range.
Incident commanders report the rate the fire is growing slowed to 10 percent, which still is 2,000 acres in 24 hours.
Firefighters are working on containment lines where they can although the rough terrain limits progress.
The fire also is burning low, a situation that could change if the wind picks up or if especially dry brush ignites sending flames high into the trees.
The aerial survey of the twisting, scenic road over Emory Pass shows damaged forest as well as a lot of undamaged trees, good news for travelers enjoying the drive and for the watershed.
As for now, thought, the 21 miles of State Route 152 remain closed between Hillsboro and San Lorenzo.
Trails and other roads also are closed in the area as is the Aldo Leopold Wilderness from Reed's Peak south.
The fire made runs at the historic mining town of Kingston earlier in the week, but firefighters staged there to protect structures successfully kept the flames at bay.
The town was evacuated early Monday morning with an evacuation center set up seven miles farther from the fire in Hillsboro.
Additional teams are working structure protection n the Royal John Mine area.
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