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Some residents return as crews battle Tres Lagunas fire

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PECOS, N.M. (AP) — Some residents are being allowed to return to the Pecos area now that crews have better secured lines along the Tres Lagunas Fire.

Fire officials say they're assessing the evacuation area daily to determine when it will be appropriate for more evacuees to return. About 140 homes, mostly summer cabins, were evacuated when the fire started last Thursday.

The blaze has charred more than 14 square miles and is about 15 percent contained.

Crews are continuing to focus on protecting homes and other buildings in Holy Ghost Canyon. They're using sprinklers to keep the buildings moist and raise humidity.

As of Wednesday, no structures have burned.

Crews are also clearing unburned fuel in hopes of slowing the fire. The work is aimed at protecting an area that serves as a water source for the city of Las Vegas.