Gila fire now the largest in NM history

The massive forest fire burning in the Gila National Forest grew overnight to more than 170,000 acres -- more than 265 square miles -- to become the largest fire in New Mexico history. The blaze has destroyed about a dozen homes and forced evacuations of nearby towns and health alerts for cities in the region. About 1,200 firefighters are battling the inferno, that grew to its current proportions when two lightning-caused fires merged in the isolated mountainous area. (Photo courtesy USFS Gila National Forest)

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