Firefighters chart progress containing Jemez wildfire

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By The Staff

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — Forest Service officials say a wildfire burning in the Jemez (HAY'-mehs) Mountains northwest of Albuquerque was 35 percent contained by Thursday night after charring about 1,400 acres.

Evacuations have been lifted for the Seven Springs community and the Fish Hatchery but remain in effect for campers in the Fenton Lake State Park due to use for fire suppression.

Forest officials suspect an abandoned campfire started the blaze, which was first spotted on Tuesday. They say up to 83 structures remain threatened by the fire but none have been lost so far.

Officials say the fire is burning on the Santa Fe National Forest about six miles northwest of Jemez Springs and a half-mile southwest of Fenton Lake State Park. It was reported to be at 1,925 acres Wednesday night but the acreage was reduced to 1,405 acres Thursday night due to more accurate mapping.

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