Firefighters Contain New Mexico Wildfire

Firefighters contained a wildfire Monday that charred nearly 200 acres in a rugged area of the Cibola National Forest in west-central New Mexico.


DATIL, N.M. (AP) -- Firefighters contained a wildfire Monday that charred nearly 200 acres in a rugged area of the Cibola National Forest in west-central New Mexico.

Crews declared the fire 100 percent contained Monday evening after putting out dense pockets of fuel where the fire was burning.

``We've made extraordinarily good progress,'' fire information officer Jon Kohn said.

Crews planned to conduct mop-up operations on the Davenport Fire on Tuesday and watch for any remaining hot spots, Kohn said. Two crews and a water-dropping helicopter will be assigned to the fire Tuesday.

Students who had been evacuated from the nearby Mohave Academy because of the lightning-sparked fire were allowed to return Monday.

The fire was burning on a ridge about 1,000 feet above the academy, but hotshot crews were able to reduce the fire's threat with a substantial fire line.

Firefighters also protected a lookout and communication towers in the area.

In the Capitan Mountains of southern New Mexico, firefighters were rehabilitating areas burned by the 64,488-acre Peppin Fire. Crews fully contained the lightning-sparked fire last Thursday, nearly six weeks after it started.