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Wildfire leads to evacuation of 100 homes in Mescalero

A wildfire on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in southern New Mexico has forced the evacuation of 100 homes.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs says the fire has burned nearly 4 square miles since starting Thursday afternoon and that it’s about a half-mile (.8 kilometer) north of the town of Mescalero.

The fire is threatening power lines and U.S. 70 along with 100 homes that have been evacuated. Shelters were established at several locations.

Aircraft are helping firefighters and a top-tier incident management team and additional crews of firefighters are being deployed.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Mescalero is 142 miles south of Albuquerque.

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