Tres Lagunas fire threatens watershed for Las Vegas, Santa Fe

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PECOS, N.M. (AP) — Hazy conditions due to smoke from a wildfire burning east of Santa Fe are expected in the region through Tuesday as firefighters work to protect homes and other structures in the area.

Firefighters also are trying to protect watersheds for Santa Fe and Las Vegas.

The Tres Lagunas fire has burned approximately 8,500 acres but so far no structures in an area about 10 miles north of Pecos since it started Thursday due to a downed power line.

Containment as of Monday night was 7 percent, with the fire burning in steep and rugged wooded terrain.

Approximately 140 structures, mostly summer residences, have been evacuated along with numerous campgrounds.

Dry, warm and windy conditions are forecast for Tuesday.