NEW MEXICO -- The Black Fire is threatening two mountain communities, coming within seven miles of Hillsboro and Kingston.
Residents have been told to have a plan in place to evacuate with personal belongings, family, pets, and other supplies.
The Black Fire started May 13. It is located 31 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences. Its cause is labeled as Human-caused and under investigation.
According to the Sierra County Government website the following new road closures are in effect:
New Mexico Highway 59 will remain closed to traffic from Forest Road 150 to New Mexico Highway 52 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to provide safety for firefighters working along the roadway. The New Mexico Highway 59 will be open to traffic between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. A portion of the Gila National Forest affected by the fire has been closed.