Fire crews battle blaze in northern New Mexico

Rachel Larson, daughter of the church’s pastor, said the church has taken in more than 50 people since Thursday afternoon and is offering food, laundry services, options for animal care and names of volunteers in Los Alamos and Jemez who’ve agreed to take in people from evacuation area.In New Mexico, as many as 200 residents had to leave their homes as the fire spread to more than a square mile near the boundary of the Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve.The governor has activated the state emergency operations center to help with a coordinated response to the fire.According to Santa Fe National Forestry 130 personnel are on scene.An estimated 300 structures are now being threatened and 100 families have been evacuated. The blaze was first reported about 10:45 a.m. Thursday. The fire is burning near and around the East Fork of the Jemez River.On Thursday, the thick, white smoke billowed high over mountain ridges still bearing the scars of past forest fires.This photo provided by the National Park Service ranger Rachel Post shows a smoke plume from a wildfire in the Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of Jemez Springs, N.M., Thursday, June 15, 2017.The Los Alamos Police Department closed West Jemez Road at N.M. 4, which borders Bandelier National Monument and the southern access route to Los Alamos National Laboratory, to ease traffic for people being evacuated, said Julie Habiger, a spokeswoman for Los Alamos County.Federal forest officials say they’re not sure what sparked a blaze that has forced evacuations and is sending up a large plume of smoke in northern New Mexico.Patty Blount evacuated her home in Sierra Los Pinos at 12:25 pm Thursday as the Cajete Fire threatened the area near La Cueva in the Jemez Mountains. 4 in the Jemez Mountains in New Mexico, Thursday June 15, 2017.A CODE RED from Sandoval County Emergency Management is calling targeted residents of the Ruby Hole sub-division about the evacuation. The current burn acreage is not known, but was initially reported at 2 acres.”New Mexicans know better than most just how devastating wildfires can be, and as we face this year’s fire season together, we’re also reminding everyone to keep safety in mind and be prepared”, Gov. Martinez said in a statement.The Jemez Mountains are dotted with pockets of homes and summer cabins and at the heart of the mountain range is the 140-square-mile (362.6-sq. kilometer) national preserve.New Mexico authorities are initiating evacuations in an area of the Jemez Mountains after a prescribed fire grew out of control.He says the flames have cross the highway and it will be closed to keep people out of the burn area.