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Firefighters work nonstop to fully suppress Black Fire as concerns grow for two communities

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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.

Click here for a real-time, interactive evacuation map.

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.

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