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Rio wildfire fully contained, fire crews leave the area

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By The Staff

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire that burned 1,356 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest northwest of Albuquerque has been contained.

Officials say the Rio Fire is believed to have been started by an abandoned campfire over the Memorial Day weekend. The blaze forced evacuations last week in the Seven Springs area and temporarily closed Fenton Lake State Park.

Several structures were threatened but none lost.

The fire was located about six miles northwest of Jemez (HAY-muss) Springs and a half-mile southwest of Fenton Lake.

Officials say mop-up has been completed and most firefighting crews are leaving the area.

Fire danger remains high in New Mexico forests, and administrators are reminding visitors to use caution with open flames and make sure all campfires are fully extinguished. Never leave a campfire unattended.


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