Federal Funds for Tres Lagunas Fire (NM)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a grant that will help cover potential costs related to fighting the Tres Lagunas Fire in Northern New Mexico, reports the Santa Fe New Mexican.

State officials announced Thursday afternoon that the grant was approved. It will help pay for up to 75 percent of the cost of fighting the fire, including evacuations and shelter, traffic control and fire equipment.

The fire was sparked May 30 by a downed power line. It has charred about 15 square miles of the Santa Fe National Forest north of Pecos. It forced evacuations of dozens of summer homes and the closure of some camping areas.

Crews have been helped by high humidity and lower temperatures, but forecasters are warning that unfavorable weather is expected by the end of the week.

The fire is about 25 percent contained.

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