Wind-driven wildfire destroys homes in New Mexico

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SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico fire officials say fire activity on a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed up to 15 homes has lessened overnight in southwest New Mexico.

Officials say crews were able to build containment lines overnight.

State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the wildfire near Silver City has burned about 1,770 acres, or about 2.7 square miles, by early Tuesday. That's up from 500-1,000 acres burned by Monday night.

High winds had prevented firefighters from calling in water dropping helicopters or planes after the blaze started Monday afternoon.

There's no word whether crews have been able to contain any portion of the wildfire.