Wildfire Burns On NM Ranch Owned By Sam Donaldson

HONDO, N.M. – A wildfire burning on part of a southern New Mexico ranch owned by veteran newsman Sam Donaldson is uncontained and chewing through more terrain.

Fire information officer Jennifer Myslivy says the fire had burned an estimated 30,000 acres by Wednesday afternoon. It also has charred about 1,200 acres on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation.

Crews are using bulldozers to cut fire lines and are conducting back-burns to rob fuel from the blaze.

Fire officials are still advising residents of Alamo Canyon to be prepared to leave.

The wildfire is believed to have been caused by lightning.

Firefighters on the ground are getting help from several single-engine air tankers and a C130 plane.

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