PECOS, NM (WKOW) – Crews fighting two large wildfires in New Mexico are focusing on building protection lines around the blazes.
Many are hoping a forecast of storms will bring moisture to the area and help reduce the intensity of the fires. However, the forecast could bring lightning that could start new fires and gusty winds that would help spread the wildfires.
Authorities say a fire burning in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest, which is 25 miles from Santa Fe, is more than 11 square miles.
Officials say the fire near the communities of Pecos and Tres Lagunas has prompted the evacuations of about 140 homes. As of Monday morning, no homes have been destroyed.
Another New Mexico blaze, the Thompson Ridge fire near Jemez Springs, is nearly 3 square miles and about 40 to 50 homes in the area were evacuated.