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N.M. Fire Leads to Evacuations

June 25, 2003|From Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE — A wind-driven fire Tuesday roared through brush along the Rio Grande here, forcing about 1,000 people to evacuate.

The fire, which had grown to 600 acres by Tuesday evening, left 16,000 homes and businesses temporarily without power and destroyed a house under construction. Gov. Bill Richardson declared a state of emergency.

The fire started along the west side of the Rio Grande, then jumped the river and threatened a residential area.

Meanwhile, Arizona firefighters made progress against a 25,000-acre blaze that devastated the community of Summerhaven. Fire officials said 345 buildings -- mostly homes -- had been destroyed.

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