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Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 7:00 am | Updated: 9:30 am, Thu Jun 19, 2014.

ALBUQUERQUE — As summer approaches, relief is in sight for drought-stricken New Mexico and many other parts of the West as Mother Nature appears ready to ease up on her back-to-back blows of stifling heat and gusty winds.

A break in the unfavorable weather can’t come soon enough for the hundreds of firefighters battling a blaze on the Navajo Nation that has consumed more than 20 square miles of piñon and juniper forest, along with grazing lands that tribal livestock owners have used for centuries.

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