Elk Fire burns estimated 1,180 acres in Catron County

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CATRON COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE)- A fire burning on National Forest System lands on the Quemado Ranger District of the Gila National Forest has spread to an estimated 1,180 acres and has reached 48% containment.

The Elk Fire began burning southeast of Mangas Mountain on Thursday, June 6. Fire officials say they faced challenges Friday, June 14 as gusty winds and high temperatures hindered their efforts.

While firefighters were unable to implement containment strategies due to the weather, they were able to secure fire lines and monitor for potential spot fires that occur with high winds.

Saturday, reduced winds and improved humidity should allow fire managers to implement more aggressive tactics hoping to increase containment. The Elk Fire is believed to have been caused by lightning.

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