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Fast-Moving Wildfire Engulfs Several Homes

Mon., May 6, 1996

A forest fire in northern New Mexico burned out of control Sunday, forcing 2,000 residents to evacuate and later engulfing several homes. No injuries were reported.

The blaze erupted about 1:30 p.m. and had burned 4,000 acres of the Carson National Forest. The fire was ignited by burning trash, a U.S. Forest Service dispatcher said.

The Forest Service ordered 2,000 residents in the communities of Red River, La Lama and Questa to evacuate. The fire later engulfed a half dozen homes in La Lama, an unincorporated community of 75 about 20 miles north of Taos.

Firefighters battled the blaze from the air because it was moving too quickly for ground crews.

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