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Wildfire in Lincoln Nation Forest continues to grow

June 24, 2019

ARABELA, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire in south-central New Mexico continues to grow in the Lincoln National Forest.

State and federal fire officials say the fire grew Sunday to more than 9 square miles (24 square kilometers) and is uncontained.

The blaze outside of the small community of Arabela, New Mexico, began Thursday and the cause remains under investigation.

The fire area includes multiple cabins, communication structures, archaeological and historical sites, and the unique wilderness characteristics of the Capitan Mountains Wilderness.

Around 300 firefighters are working to calm the inferno.

Arebela is about 220 miles (354 kilometers) southeast of Albuquerque.

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