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HONDO, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a pair of blazes that have scorched 15,000 acres on two ranches in southern New Mexico, including one owned by veteran newsman Sam Donaldson.
The fires were believed to have been caused by lightning. Fire officials say storms moved over the area Monday, resulting in a couple thousand lightning strikes.
Air tankers, engines and ground crews are trying to corral the fires, which burned together Tuesday afternoon.
The fire is actively burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain in private lands south of Hondo, N.M. Extreme fire behavior is being observed with strong pushes towards Pajarita Mountain and is currently burning within the Mescalero-Apache Reservation.
At last check, Alamo Canyon residents were on standby for a possible evacuation.
Around 15,000 acres have burned there. The fire is combination of two lightning-sparked wildfires.
Five structures are threatened by the blaze.