Hundreds Evacuated in Colorado, NM

    This image provided by the U.S. Forest Service Gila National Forest, shows smoke from the Gila National Forest on Wednesday June 6, 2012 in New Mexico. In New Mexico's Gila National Forest, the largest fire currently burning in the nation has finally stopped its forward advance. For the first time in three weeks, the burned acreage has remained static at about 412 square miles. (AP Photo/U.S. Forest Service Gila National Forest)

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    Communities in New Mexico and Colorado continued evacuations Monday as wildfires spread through forested areas of the states. In southern New Mexico, fire officials used aircraft and ground crews to try to harness a blaze that has already eaten through 40 square miles and destroyed an estimated 36 structures. “Any communities around this fire have the potential of being evacuated,” said a spokesman for firefighters in Ruidoso, N.M. “Don’t wait until the sheriff’s office comes knocking at your door and tells you to evacuate.” In Colorado, authorities have reportedly sent phone messages to 1,800 people, asking them to evacuate, and Red Cross shelters have registered about 500 people.

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