THREE RIVERS — Officials now put the size of a Southern New Mexico wildfire at less than half of a previous estimate and are reporting progress in containing the blaze.

Mapping of the fire near the Ski Apache resort after an aerial reconnaissance flight using infrared sensing put it at 5,557 acres, down from the previous estimate of 12,000 acres, as of Thursday, officials said in a statement Friday.

Aided by damp conditions expected to lessen by Saturday, crews had the fire contained around 13 percent of its perimeter, the statement said.

The fire started Monday near the Three Rivers Campground and its cause remained under investigation.

Evacuation notices were lifted Tuesday for most areas in the vicinity of the fire.

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