Fires in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest have burned nearly 70 square miles after lightning strikes earlier this month.
One of the blazes is mostly under control, officials said Monday.
The Doagy Fire in Western New Mexico is now 86 contained, National Forest spokeswoman Marta Call said. The blaze has burned around 20 square miles on federal land in the Gila National Forest.
A separate fire in the same forest also started after a lightning strike this month, the Forest Service said. The Johnson Fire has burned around 46 square miles. Fire officials didn't include a containment estimate in a Monday update.
Fire officials say they will allow burning that is healthy for forests, but are monitoring the threat the Johnson Fire may pose to the nearby Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, a treasured pre-Columbian settlement preserved in rock.
Trails into the Gila will close Tuesday to protect public safety.
A much smaller fire started Friday outside of Cuba, in Northern New Mexico. The cause remains unknown. The fire could threaten local property and oil infrastructure, the Forest Service said.
The Santa Fe National Forest on Sunday said the human-caused Wolf Draw Fire, has burned 700 acres about 30 miles north of Cuba and 11 miles northwest of the village of Regina. It is about 10 percent contained.
The fire is burning in rugged and steep terrain and is being handled by a Type 3 Incident Management Team.
Fire season in New Mexico is on track to be even hotter and drier than usual, with lower flow in many of its rivers.