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N.M. wildfire expanding in all directions

Cost of suppression is now at $6 million


By Aaron West
The Las Cruces Sun-News

SILVER CITY, N.M. —  The Whitewater-Baldy Fire, now the largest wildfire in state history, continues to expand in all directions.
The fire, which was measured at 170,272 acres on Wednesday morning, has grown more than 100,000 acres in a week and is still 0 percent contained.

According to fire information officers, suppressing the lightning-caused fire has cost $6 million so far money that has brought in, as of Wednesday, 1,236 personnel, including 15 hotshot crews and 13 hand crews, as well as 12 helicopters. Five firefighters were injured this week due to fire-related injuries, but according to information officers, they were treated and released. None had to be hospitalized.

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