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    NM Fire Nears State Record

    A wildfire crests over the hills above Los Alamos National Labs Sunday June 26, 2011 in New Mexico.  A fast-moving wildfire forced officials at the Los Alamos National Laboratory to close the site Monday.  (AP Photo/Luis S·nchez Saturno/The New Mexican)

    Luis Sanchez Saturno, The New Mexican / AP Photo

    New Mexico is experiencing its version of last summer’s destructive wildfire in Arizona. Two blazes sparked by lightning in southwestern New Mexico on Saturday merged in a wildfire that is now close to becoming the largest in state history, officials confirmed on Tuesday. The flames had engulfed roughly 152,000 acres by Tuesday, 5,000 acres short of breaking the state record. More than 1,100 firefighters are battling the blaze, though low humidity and high winds have hampered their efforts.

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