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Containment of lightning-started fire in southwestern New Mexico reaches 50 percent


ANIMAS, New Mexico — A lightning-started wildfire in southwestern New Mexico continues to wind down amid favorable weather conditions.

Fire managers say crews now have containment lines around 50 percent of the fire. It's has burned more than nine square miles of the Coronado National Forest in extreme southwestern New Mexico.

The number of assigned personnel dropped from nearly 300 to approximately 270 on Monday, and officials say more will be released Tuesday because of recent rain and because the fire is no longer growing.

The fire has burned mostly grass and brush just across the state line from southeastern Arizona.

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