ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A wildfire churning through grass and brush swelled to 200 acres Tuesday night and forced evacuations near Silver City.
The McKenny Fire was reported shortly before 5 p.m. along McKenny Road about five miles south of Silver City.
The residents of three homes threatened by the fire have moved out, and by late evening no other evacuations had been requested, Dan Ware of New Mexico State Forestry told KRQE News 13.
Flames were not moving toward any additional structures, Ware added.
Shortly before 9 p.m. State Forestry reported good progress by firefighters as air tankers and a helicopter made drops on what was described as "rugged, inaccessible terrain" on private land.
Firefighters also were conducting burnout operations to reduce fuel and help build a line around the blaze. They were getting some help from the weather as both temperatures and winds speeds were dropping.
About 60 personnel from the Silver City Fire Department, volunteer departments from Grant County, State Forestry and U.S. Forest Service crews were working the fire.
The fire is burning near where the Quail Ridge Fire spread over 1,800 acres and destroyed 17 homes in March 2011.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
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