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SILVER FIRE Growing fire makes matters worse for New Mexico ranchers

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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 6:00 pm | Updated: 12:38 am, Wed Jun 26, 2013.

ALBUQUERQUE — A furious wildfire torching through the mountains of Southern New Mexico’s Gila National Forest has grown to 127 square miles, forcing some ranchers to ship their cattle out of state as the blaze burns through entire grazing areas.

The Silver Fire was still about 5 miles west of the nearest community, but it has left ranchers in this drought-stricken corner of the state with few choices for feeding their cattle. State agriculture officials said the combination of drought and fire has forced some ranchers to ship what remaining cattle they have to other areas, including South Texas.

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